Born in Hamburg, Germany, she was educated in that country in engineering, a choice made by her parents. Marlies’ wish was to become a painter. During her school years she was involved with a movement of young artists whose idols were Paul Klee, Picasso, Paul Feininger and other modern European artists.
In the 1960s she moved to Australia, working as an engineer in Sydney until 1980. During those years she experimented in her free time with several art forms, including sculpture, copper plate, watercolor, and oil painting. Importantly she learned, from well- known Australian artist and personal friend Noeline Millar, how to express her feelings and impressions in her art.
When she moved with her husband Guus to Ireland in 1981 Marlies became a full-time artist. She entered her first painting competition in Dublin, Ireland, and won an award. This early recognition of her talent was all the encouragement she needed to continue a career in painting. She pursued her painting career while living in Ireland, Germany, England, and the San Francisco Bay Area. While living in Marin County, California she was a member of the Ross Art Society.
She and Guus moved to the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho where she became fascinated with its rock formations, shapes and colors. She decided to pursue the art of sculpture. Her first sculptures were exhibited during a combined painting and sculpture show at the Oskar Gallery in Ketchum, Idaho.
Artist: Marlies Stroes von Thun