Marlene is a Native American artist 0f Dine’ (Navajo Tribe) of Arizona. Marlene comes from the Water Flow Together clan, “To’ aheedliinii” (maternal side).
Marlene comes from a family of strong traditional heritage. She grew up on a ranch, where her parents have cattles, horses, and sheep. Her responsibilities developed at a very young age working on the ranch helping with the livestocks.
She attended school off and on the reservation. Primary and elementary grades she went to Kayenta, her childhood community. For secondary she attended Coconino qHigh School in Flagstaff, Arizona. Her college years she attended University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado and transferred to Arizona State University, where she received her BFA in Education in 1982. For the next thirty-one years she dedicated herself supporting and providing quality education to her students. Marlene completed her teaching career in 2013.
Marlene now is a full time artist. She credits her family and Navajo Cultures as the backbone of her inspiration. Her husband’s influence her about fine Native American arts and they work as a team. They have three daughters and four grand children. Two son-in-laws and two daughters are artists. And a daughter in health profession. She believes that life is a journey and each of us have different amount of time in which to travel. To make the most of your journey you will need the Positive Dine’ Education. Dine’ Education can provide for you, but only if you believe in it and by taking care of it. The Dine’ education lies within ourselves; in our language, culture, beliefs, history, in nature, Holy People, and in our fine arts.