Marney K. Makridakis is the founder of Artella Land, a groundbreaking online community for artists, writers, and creative individuals. Marney is a widely known voice in the creativity movement, frequently requested for interviews, guest columns, workshops, and speeches. She has created hundreds of online workshops and courses, and teaches virtual and in-person classes and workshops across the United States. Marney is publisher of Artella magazine, and bestselling author of Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life.

Marney is also the originator of the ARTbundance approach to self-discovery through creativity and has trained over three hundred coaches and practictioners in the ARTbundance Certification Training program (ACT).

A graduate of Duke University, Marney playfully Hops, Skips, and Jumps in Denton, Texas, with her wonderful husband and their wise and adventurous young son, Kai. She considers the following things essential to her creative well-being: the color orange, poetic novels, singing loudly, daily naps, the love of a good man, and hero worship of Mary Poppins.