Marlis Jermutus, also known simply as Ma (short for the German word for painter - Malerin), was born in the West German town of Wesel in 1942. She began her professional career as an artist in 1970. She is currently living in America, painting in studios in California and Massachusetts, as well as playing the Tamboura with Starseed. Distinguished among abstract artists for her ability to connect art and science, Marlis paints a caligraphy of the heart and mind united, drawn in a language of color and form that expresses both chaos and geometry.