Born in London, England, Marlene Healey spent much of her childhood traveling to Paris, Germany, and back and forth from England to the United States. With a father in the Air Force, she learned different values and how to adapt to different environments.
She eventually moved to the United States where she studied art and science at both Scottsdale and Mesa Community Colleges in Arizona and at Arizona State University. Marlene Healey describes her original paintings on paper and canvas as textural pieces with abstract designs. Using layers upon layers of paint, she builds up textures in a spontaneous way.