Marla Schole was born in Edmonton in 1962. She attended the University of Alberta and received a BFA degree with distinction in the spring of 1984. Her major area of study was in painting. Other areas of study included drawing and sculpture.
The major emphasis of Schole’s work has been on the depiction of the landscape. Much of her inspiration is derived from out of the way places along mountain roads and hiking trails as well as the well known scenes in the national parks in Alberta. She strives to depict the brilliancy of colour and the detail of nature. It is her belief that the beauty of the Alberta landscape should be cherished as a natural resource and she hopes that this beauty can remain unspoiled for generations to come. As the world becomes a smaller and busier place, she believes that the ability to find a solitary moment with nature is a thing to be truly treasured.
Schole has been exhibiting her work since 1984. Her work is included in the collections of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the University of Alberta Hospital as well as in numerous private collections in Canada and the United States.