Marlene Harold was born at Mt Florence Station where her parents, Ned Harold and Hilda Fishook, worked at the time. Throughout her life she has spent time living in the Kimberley and also at Mulga Downs Station and Wittenoom Gorge in the Pilbara. Marlene started painting in late 2006.
Her artwork is characterised by its impressionist look, delicate mixing, layering technique, and the fluidity between highly charged colours and subtler blends. Marlene employs a variety of techniques such as dot painting with splatter and stick work to create her striking, contemporary renderings of sites and ancestral stories from her Country. She is represented in many private collections in Australia, and has been acquired by the Parliament House Collection Western Australia, the Janet Holmes à Court Collection, and the City of Joondalup. She has exhibited her artworks in solo and group shows in the Pilbara, Perth, Sydney and Singapore and has won prizes at the Cossack Art Awards for Painting by a Pilbara Indigenous Artist (2011 and 2014). In 2011, a painting by Marlene was presented to Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Australia for that year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.