Martha has always felt the creative urge. She was inspired at an early age by her family and teachers.
One of her
earliest memories is that of her father teaching how to color by peeling the paper off her crayons and using them on their side to make soft muted shades. She remembers being four years old at that time. She kept that coloring book for over thirty years.
When she was in the fourth grade her teacher Miss Driver taught the class how to paint a desert scene with chalk. Her little framed picture proudly hung in her familys’ home for many years.
forty four year career as a teacher and school administrator left her little time for a full time pursuit of art. However she was able to squeeze in a oil painting class in the early 70’s and a class on Tole painting in the 80’s.
her many years in the classroom she always found time to include art in her lessons. She remembers telling her students to “try your best, not to copy and be proud of your art.” Don’t we all wish we had encouraging teachers like that in our
When Martha retired in 2007 she finally had time to pursue her art in a more focused way. She had a strong interest in watercolors so she enrolled in a class at a Senior Community Center
in San Jose California. Her first project was a “Still Life with Lemons” but circumstances didn’t allow her to finish that first painting for several years until she moved into her present community.
has been in our class for two years and her technique is improving with each lesson. She is motivated to learn and is fearless with our assignments. Her skills are improving and now she is at the stage where she is searching to develop her own personal style…and
style she has!