Marlene Moore Alexander

Marlene Moore Alexander, born and raised in Trenton, Missouri, has lived in Bend, Oregon since 1971. One of her favorite themes centers on desert paintings inspired by spending the past forty plus years hiking the Central Oregon high desert and breathing the Central Oregon air. She has painted watercolors on paper and acrylic paintings on canvas on location in the desert near Bend during her radiation treatments for breast cancer and thus developed a spiritual ‘need’ to spend much of her time there. “It is the most healing space I know”.

Marlene received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design in Kansas City, Missouri in 1968. In 2013 she received her graduate certificate in Arts in Medicine from the University of Florida, college of fine arts.

Marlene has owned and operated a children’s creative art school in Bend, Oregon, since 1976. She founded the Arts in the Hospital Program in 1990 at St. Charles Medical Center and founded the Arts in Care Program for Partners in Care (hospice) in Bend in 2016.

A juried member and past vice president of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, Marlene has won many awards including the Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum Merit awards in the Society. She is a juried member of the Northwest Watercolor Society.

Besides her extensive career as a teacher sharing her knowledge widely, Marlene has had numerous juried exhibits in the above-mentioned watercolor societies, been featured in “Oregon Women and Their Art” publications, and has had her paintings purchased by banks, colleges, hospitals, and businesses as well as private collectors. She has been featured in The Palette Magazine.

Marlene’s artwork is represented by the Attic Gallery in Camas, Wa. And the Tumalo Art Company in Bend, Oregon.

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