The essence, character, and personality of a person, along with a likeness has been Martha’s life-long quest. Her portrait “drawing” began when she was around ten years old, and she has never stopped trying to capture that elusive spark that shows a person’s unique individuality in each painting. She painted murals and stage backdrops while in high school and was voted “most talented” in her senior class.
She has studied with many nationally known artists, studied studio painting in the Department of Art at the College of Charleston and Old Lyne Academy in Connecticut. She is a member of the Portrait Society of America. Martha also spent a year studying with Ted Seth Jacobs at the school L’ecole Albert Defois in the Loire Valley, France, focusing on Classical Realism.
Her portraits hang at the College of Charleston, Medical University of South Carolina, Dental School of South Carolina, and in public and private collections throughout the United States. She has won numerous awards, and has had many one woman exhibits in the Southeast.
Growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, living on a saltwater creek has given her “marsh scene moments” when she feels compelled to paint landscapes of the beautiful Lowcountry.
Although she has focused on portrait work, Martha loves “still life” painting, figure work from a model, and desires to express the beauty that she sees and feels in all things that she paints. She works in oil on linen and pastels. It is her desire to continue learning and growing as an artist.
Martha has been painting professionally since the mid 70′s and presently has a studio in the historic Arcade building in downtown Columbia, South Carolina.