Marie combined her love of architectural color and education in interior architecture and design from West Valley College into a career devoted to helping home and business owners create personalized color design. She went beyond the basic color theory education offered to interior designers and enrolled with the International Association of Color Consultants (IACC-NA) for their challenging series of programs and coursework for industry color specialists. Under the guidance of Professor Frank Manke, one of the foremost color experts in the world, Marie studied the many facets of understanding color that go into successful color design. Prior to working in color design, Marie worked in critical care and rehabilitative medicine as a respiratory therapist. She currently lives in the Montclair area of Oakland with her husband and two sons.