Mariel Lanier (nee Heins) graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Taylor University. She has taught both privately and publicly in the US and abroad. She is an experienced printmaker in lithography. She has over eight years experience in ceramics and is well versed in drawing and painting and has shown her work in galleries nationally. Mariel is a St. Louis native, who graduated from Ladue High School. She is actively involved in her church and Teen Community Bible Study.