Born in Cleveland into a family of artists - mother, aunts, uncles, a sister and a brother - Marsha naturally decided to become a musician. She studied at Oberlin, Salzburg Mozarteum and in New York with the magnificent oboist and painter, Harold Gomberg.
As her career as an oboist flourished and she won the Concert Artist's Guild Competition, she began to design fliers and posters for her recitals. Marsha went to the School of Visual Arts to learn techniques of graphic design and then to painting class with Irving Marantz at NYU. Summers at Chautauqua with Revington Arthur followed; then serendipity sent her to Sam Feinstein, with whom she worked intensively from 1986 until his death in 2003.
Veering toward a visual expression of her creativity has allowed a new freedom to soar in her music-making. She likes to let certain subjects in her paintings shimmer, as certain notes in a melody vibrate, lighting up a canvas or phrase from within. Marsha's landscapes celebrate the sensuality of nature as she finds nature in the crannies and corners of her garden in Leonia, as well as out-of-the-way spots encountered in her travels as a musician. Marsha wants her paintings to bring sunshine to the rooms in which they hang, just as she hopes her music will lighten the lives of those who listen.