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Taking life’s little quirks and turning them into images requires an offbeat sense of humor and an eye for the unusual.  Marla Baxter is always on the lookout for the unique.  She captures the alter ego of common objects and gives them new life by blending hand-tinted urban portraits with presentations of the work on etched glass, metal, canvas and silk.  In 1999 she also added Manipulated Polaroids, Image Transfers and Emulsion Transfers to her repertoire.

Marla began creating Hand-Tinted Photography in 1987.  She studies photography formally but taught herself to Hand-Tint her Black & White images.  She uses a combination of oil paints and pencils to get the brilliant colors that make her images more vivid than traditional Hand-Tinted Photos.  Her other work in Manipulated Photography has added a new dimension to her portfolio.  She presents these images on canvas and other materials, which give the appearance of an oil painting.

Marla is originally from Dallas, Texas.  She moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1988.   She spent many years in both cities working in the Mortgage Business until she could make the transition to Full Time Artist.  Her work was selected for the covers of several books and is in the collection of  many Nashville Notables such as Wynonna, Kathy Mattea, K.T. Oslin, Rodney Crowell and Pam Tillis just to mention a few.  She currently lives in Nashville with her husband and two dogs.