Linda Marsh-Ives grew up on a lake in Maine and spent much time in boats on the water and running barefoot through the woods. It is here that she first developed her love of the natural world. In 1966 Marsh-Ives moved to Anchorage, Alaska with her family and later graduated from East High School. In Alaska Marsh-Ives' love of the ourdoors continued. She has lived in Homer and Girdwood and is an avid hiker, biker, crosscountry skier and kayaker. In 1968-70 she expanded her view of the natural world by circumnavigating the globe on World Campus Afloat with Chapman College.
Marsh-Ives is a protege of the well-known American portrait painter Frank Covino. She is interested in painting the natural world and often goes on ourdoor painting excusions collecting photos and sketches. "What fascinates me is an ultra realism that shows beauty and desigh in the real world," Marsh-Ives says of her work. She enjoys juxtaposing mountain and sky, water and shore, and path and forest in ways that highlight their natural design elements.
Along with being an accomplished visual artist, Marsh-Ives is also a successful musician. She received her Bachelors in Performance Music from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She plays the cello in the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, the Anchorage Opera and is a member of the string quartet Ensemble in Black and White. She is also half the duo Troubadora with guitarist/singer Mary La Fever. Marsh-Ives is an early music enthusiast and has maintained the Polaris Early Music Consort (now the Arctic Turns) since 1998. She teaches cello, beginning violin, beginning viola, all sizes of recorders, mandolin, and beginning guitar.