Marian has loved creating art since childhood. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College and the University of New Mexico. She became enchanted with the land and people of New Mexico forty years ago and has been joyfully painting them ever since. Marian is an award-winning artist and works in several mediums, primarily oil painting and fused glass. She especially enjoys exploring new places and painting them on site. Marian has been a plein air painter in New Mexico for several years and regularly exhibits with the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, the NM Art League, and the Tortuga Gallery in Albuquerque. Her work can be seen at marian-berg.pixels.com
She has enjoyed teaching the Outdoor Landscape Painting class with Michelle Chrisman at Ghost Ranch and looks forward to her sharing her knowledge of expressive painting techniques. Marian is currently licensed as a K-12 Art Educator and is also a Registered Nurse. After returning from a life changing experience in Haiti volunteering with survivors of the devastating earthquake of 2010, Marian finished her graduate work in art education. With the generous support of the New Mexico Art League and private donors, she started the Art Heals Project. This outreach project provides art experiences for hospitalized children, especially those with contagious and/or life-threatening illness. Since 2013, she has visited thousands of children in their hospital rooms to facilitate art projects with them. She was designated a Local Treasure by the Albuquerque Art Business Association in 2015, an award for artists who excel in the arts and give back to their communities. Marian believes that art making is a healing and life-affirming process.