A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Marlene moved away in 1970 to pursue her career. Marlene never forgot the cultures that surrounded her when she was growing up. She loved the desert colors of the hills behind her home, the countenance of the Black Mesa just a few miles away, and the shadows of the Jemez Mountains at dusk. Her childhood home was surrounded by four pueblos – San Ildefonso, Nambe, Tesuque, and Pojoaque.
Marlene returned to New Mexico in 2017 to retire in Las Cruces. An avid "power" crocheter, she discovered the Mesilla Valley Weavers Guild and the many talented fiber artists who made their homes here. They were welcoming, and happy to mentor a new weaver.
Marlene has taken several classes using floor looms, table looms, and frame looms and has woven several pieces. Her favorite loom, however, is the Navajo loom. She has worked under Serena Jumbo Medelez, daughter of Julia Jumbo – a well-known Navajo Master Weaver, learning the Two Grey Hills style of weaving. Marlene finds this style of weaving personal – "a connection with the piece you are creating with your hands – a continuous discovery of what your hands can envision."