Marion Emerson Melchiorre is a plein air painter and educator who grew up in New Mexico. She has painted many Southern California areas from LA's Chinatown to Moro Bay as well as Mexico's dry desert to the Sea of Cortes. She graduated from Immaculate Heart College. She later earned a teaching credential and taught for thirty-six years in Los Angeles. Her watercolors and oils hang in private collections throughout Southern California and New Mexico.