Marja grew up in Helsinki, Finland at a home where paintings covered every wall. Her father was a collector of Finnish art, who in his later years created several large scale outdoor sculptures using reinforced concrete. Marja’s work reflects both the sensibilities of the Nordic landscape and the varied influences of her adopted country. Personal symbolism and childhood memories continue appearing in her paintings and sculpture. She received her art education at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she taught printmaking and mixed media for 23 years. Marja’s work has been exhibited in a number of local museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Fogg Museum, De Cordova Museum, Rose Museum, Fuller Museum andArt Complex Museum. Her work has also been shown at the Nicolaysen Museum in Casper, Wyoming and at Albany Institute of History and Art in Albany, N.Y. Marja has received grants and fellowships from the National endowment for the Arts, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Artists Foundation and Mellon Foundation. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, De Cordova Museum, Fogg Museum and numerous corporate and private collections.