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 thirty some odd years hiking the Central Oregon open 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 in painting and printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design in Kansas City, Missouri in 1968. She did graduate work in art therapy at Marylhurst College, Portland, Oregon in 1993. At the present time, Marlene owns and operates a children's creative art school in Bend, Oregon and is the Arts Coordinator for the St. Charles Medical Center in Bend and Redmond, Oregon. She began the ARTS IN THE HOSPITAL program at St. Charles Medical Center, Bend, Oregon in 1990.
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 also a juried member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, which encompasses five states and British Columbia as well as a juried member of the Montana Watercolor Society. Marlene has been juried into the Midwest Watercolor Society, winning a special merit award and the Midwest Art Magazine Merit award; and the National Watercolor Society in Oklahoma, winning the Napa Valley Art Store award.
Marlene has taught art classes in watercolor at the Central Oregon Community College, Bend, OR; art classes at the Redmond High School, Redmond, OR; Creative Consultant Teacher's in-service training for the AAUW Kindergarten, Bend, Or.; she has taught talented and gifted art classes, teacher in-residence, lecturer/in-service day, Juniper School, 1989, Instructor, handmade paper workshop:Cascade Junior High, Earth Day, 1990 all for the Bend-La Pine School District, Bend, Or.; she was the artist/advisor, wall-seize mural and Artist-designer, conference mascots for banner 1992 at the Mountain View High School, Bend, OR.; she has been an instructor for the children's art classes, Summer Watercolor Workshop, 1988, and Handmade Paper Workshop, 1989, at the Oregon High Desert Museum, Bend, OR.; she has been an instructor for the lower-middle & upper school art classes at the Sunriver Prepartory School, Bend, OR.; she has taught Watercolor for Young Musician's and Artists' Camp, 1988, and watercolor and Handmade Paper for Young Musicians' and Artists' Camp, 1989 at Willamette University, Salem, OR.; and at the St. Charles Medical Center, Bend, OR, Marlene was the Founder/Coordinator, Arts in the Hospital Program, Lecturer/Instructor for cancer support groups, and Presenter, Art Relaxation Series, 1995-96.
Marlene, besides her extensive career as a teacher sharing her knowledge widely, 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 many banks, colleges, hospitals and businesses as well as private collectors.