Martha grew up in the greater Springfield area and has always enjoyed sketching and painting since early childhood. This led her to further her skills through advanced studies and the completion of her Bachelors of Arts degree in Fine Art from the Elms College.
Her love of reading and excellent organizational skills drew her to the library profession as a Youth Service Librarian which complemented her talent. Throughout her career she used her talent to create supporting artistic materials for the annual Massachusetts Reading Program. But it wasn’t until she retired that Martha had the luxury to devote her time to pursuing her artwork.
Art is a constant learning experience and Martha likes to expand her techniques by using different mediums and subject matters. She draws inspiration from several artists that she admires. The beautiful landscapes of John Constable and Joseph Mallard William Turner from the 1800’s, as well as the portraits of John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, and Edgar Degas inspire her work. But she is most drawn to the works of Thomas Cole and the romantic landscapes of the Hudson River School.
The observation of nature and design in nature are reflected in her work. She finds challenge in creating moods of color, light, and atmosphere that are her common themes. Her work consists of landscapes, still life, animals and people.
Martha hopes you enjoy seeing her work as much as she enjoyed creating it.
Member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society