Marina grew up in the Saint Louis area. Her summers were filled with hiking and wading on the Little Meramec River on her grandparents' farm. As a girl, she visited the Indian Creek cabin that is now her “home-away-from-home,” which she stays in when she paints at Indian Creek. The Carnegie-Mellon University College of Fine Arts awarded her a B.F.A. in Graphic Design. In addition, she has studied at the Art Students' League in New York City. Her career has included stints at an animation company and at the graphics, packaging, and product design company, Irene Pasinski and Associates. She has also taught classes for the Saint Louis Art Museum.
In 2005, Carnegie-Mellon University's College of Fine Arts selected one of Marina's illustrations for the Centennial Exhibition featuring distinguished alumni in honor of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the College. Other awards include: 2004 The Jessie Beard Rickly Memorial Prize for Oil Landscape, The 2003 Alma Carson Memorial Prize for Watercolor.
Her recent illustration projects include Michael's New Neighbor, Too Many Kitties, Kitty Kerplunking, My Grandma's Kitchen Rules!, Bingo and the Lost Pompom, The Fairy Almanac, First Spring, Golden Daffodils, Teresa's Shadow and Silly Moments. Most of these are available on Amazon.