Rebecca M. Marfise is an oil painter who lives outside of Chicago, Illinois. While she has always loved creating, her early education did not offer many opportunities for formal training in the visual arts. For this reason she entered college as a creative writing student. It was not until she took an oil painting class midway through her studies that she realized this was something she could not live without. Rebecca continued with her artistic endeavors while working in education and raising four children. Despite the chaotic life of a working mother of four, Rebecca always found time to dedicate to her true passion, painting. She painted merely for her own satisfaction and joy. But as her children grew, Rebecca’s time and talent for her art increased and soon paintings were piling up around her. Rebecca has always been inspired by the beauty of the natural world and human’s involvement, both good and bad with it.