Marla Coleman has studied art since elementary school with a variety of gifted teachers. She has taken workshops with Maggie Siner, Laura Loe, Paula Frizbe, Sarah Soderland, Betsy Kellum, Charles Van Denburgh, Sarah Linda Poly, and Anne Chaddock. In addition, she studied at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School under Ann Chenoweth and Marjorie Perrin. Eleanor Cox, a noted Virginia watercolorist, provided the very first inspiration and guidance. Marla's work can be found in shows sponsored by Crossroads Art Gallery, For Art's Sake, The Rappahannock Art League, The James River Art League and The Virginia Plein Air Painters. She belongs to the James River Art League, The Crossroads Art Gallery, The Oil Painters of America, Women Painters of the Southeast and is the founder of The Virginia Plein Air Painters. Marla draws inspiration from the French Impressionists, her many friends in the Richmond art scene, and especially Chuck Larivey, Virginia Impressionist.
Marla is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and earned a Master's Degree from East Carolina University. She is an experienced public speaker and trainer and is involved in local community and historical activities. She is a committed member of both International Rotary and Ruritan Clubs, both of which are noted for community service.