Marliese Scheller creates figurative works in a variety of mediums (oil on masonite, ink on paper, gouache on parchment). Her compositions combine traditionalism with realism, inspired by Russian literature and the Middle Ages. The quality of luminosity in her oil paintings is obtained through a long and painstaking study of the methods used by medieval painters, particularly the preparation of a gesso ground to receive pigments. In the ink drawings everything is rendered in stark black and white, an aesthetic that mimics the style of woodblock prints. Crisp lines and bold areas of inked or bare paper render space and volume, and even suggest color.
Scheller believes that art should touch the heart and enlighten the soul. She views her work as the result of mastering a technique and life experiences and believes that inspiration evolves over time, an ever-present theme in her artistic journey.