AFC; Member: IGOR; Associate: WAOW, OPA, NOAPS
Fine Art Inspired by Nature
"Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture? Must you also trample the rest of your pasture with your feet? Is it not enough for you to drink clear water? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet?" (Ezekiel 34:17-18)
My passion for nature, wildlife and art was a gift given to me by my Creator. No matter how skilled I become, my work can never totally do justice to His magnificant creations. While I have been drawing and painting all my life, I am still on a journey - learning to capture that glorious shaft of the sun's morning rays beaming through the tall pines, the bend of the wing of an eagle as he soars overhead, or the bewilderment in a newly born fawn's eyes, and he struggles to his feet for the first time.
I studied commercial art and data processing in college, but painting nature and wildlife is my passion. I attended wildlife art seminars in Jackson, Wyoming with instructors, Terry Isaac and Rod Frederick, and in Bozeman, Montana with instructors, John Seerey-Lester and the late Paco Young to gain increased knowledge and skills as a wildlife artist.
I love to travel as much as I love art and nature and I do so frequently throughout the United States to do field work and gather reference material.
Lately, it seems like each day brings a new attack on the wild creatures or our wild lands. I truly believe there is still time to change things and correct mistakes of the past. Through donations of my art and/or a portion of my sales, donations to other conservation organizations and other supportive activities, I want to be a voice for the conservation of our natural world and preservation of all God's creatures.
Support for Conservation:
Artists for Conservation – 10% of the proceeds of her painting, “Monarch of the Plains” will be donated to AFC.
American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign – 100% of the proceeds of her painting, “Don’t Take My Home”, depicting a wild mustang, will be donated to this organization.
Vital Ground Foundation – 20% of the proceeds of her painting, “Attitude” depicting a brown bear (grizzly) will be donated to this organization.
Iowa Wetlands Project - Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids Iowa, through annual participation in the Iowa Nature & Wildlife in Art Show. In March 2009, 20% of sales made at the annual show were donated to the Stephen J. Atherton Memorial Wetlands - a 440 acre wetland protection and enhancement project of Kirkwood Community College.
Glen Oak Zoo, Peoria, Illinois - created painting "East of the Zambezi" for a poster which the Zoo used for fundraising purposes for its AFRICA! campaign - a twenty-five million dollar expansion project which includes new exhibits and special adult and children's conservation and habitat protection educational programs.
Wildlife Prairie State Park - Art in the Park - Hanna City, Illinois - 20% of proceeds from sales donated to assist the park with expenses and educational programs. Marti is also a Prairie Parent of the park's river otters; Marti's annual contribution assists the Park in the maintenance, care and feeding of these wonderful characters.
National Wildlife Federation - monetary donations in support of special projects.
Audubon Society - monetary donations in support of special projects.
Big Cat Rescue - 10% of proceeds of sale of painting, "Face to Face", depicting a Siberian Tiger, will be donated to Big Cat Rescue.
National Parks Conservation Association (USA) - 10% of proceeds of sale of painting, "Into the Light", depicting an Elk, will be donated to this organization.
Illinois Smallmouth Alliance - framed canvas print of "Backwater Mallards" donated to Illinois Smallmouth Alliance for their "Bronzeback Blowout" annual fundraiser held on March 6, 2010, to further their mission of enhancing the available habitat for smallmouth bass through cleanups, habitat restorations, and by working with other environmental groups to address pollution and other issues that impact our waterways.
- 2012 - AFC - Conservation Artist of the Month - January 2012
The AFC Conservation Artist Award is awarded monthly to honour a member for outstanding artistic talent and extraordinary contribution to the conservation cause. At the end of each year, a prior recipient of the monthly honour is selected for the annual Simon Combes Conservation Award.
- 2011 - American Plains Artists Twenty-Seventh Annual Juried Exhibition
"Monarch of the Plains" was selected for inclusion in the 2011 annual APA Exhibit.
In its ongoing efforts to educate the public's awareness of the diversity of art and depictions of the American Plains, APA organizes an annual juried art show with the theme of the American Plains and artwork submitted must reflect this.
The 2011 Show will be held at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with an opening reception and awards ceremony on September 8, 6-8 p.m. The show will continue to be displayed until October 30, 2011.
- 2011 - 2nd Annual Judith Ryan Williams Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibit
"The Beach Boys" was selected for inclusion in the 2nd annual JRW Nature & Wildlife Art Exhibit in St. Augustine, Florida.
Judith Ryan Williams was an avid supporter of the arts and friend to animals. While her dream to live in St. Augustine was never realized, this exhibition has been established in her memory to convey her appreciation for the Oldest City and to contribute to the benefit of the arts and wildlife that were her passion.
- 2011 - Artists for Conservation 2011 Exhibition
Monarch of the Plains was chosen for inclusion in the 2011 Artists for Conservation Exhibition, and can be viewed in the virtual exhibit along with the work of all the accepted artists.
- 2010 - Paint America Top 100 National Competition
The Beach Boys (White Ibis at shoreline) - 2009 Paint America Top 100 Winner. One of two annual competitions sponsored by Paint America, the Paint America Top 100 is a juried competition of works depicting all aspects of America, its landscapes, wildlife, and its people. Artist submissions closed in December and the submissions were juried in January 2010; winning paintings tour the country at participating venues throughout the remainder of the year.
- 2010 - Irving Art Association's 9th Annual Juried Wildlife Art Show
"Canus Lupus Baileyi" (Mexican Gray Wolf) was accepted into the Irving Art Association's 9th Annual Juried Wildlife Art show held at the Association's Gallery in Irving Texas September 27 through October 28, 2010.
- 2010 - Nature Revered - Reflections of Life in the Wild
"Double Trouble" was accepted into the First Annual Judith Ryan Williams Wildlife Art Show - "Nature Revered - Reflections of Life in the Wild" held at the St. Augustine Art Association's Gallery in St. Augustine Florida, July 2 through August 29, 2010.
- 2009 - Illinois Art Leage Annual Members Show
Second - Professional Division for painting, "Into the Light."
- 2009 - Illinois Artisans Program - Illinois State Museum
The Illinois Artisans Program focuses national attention on the rich heritage of the fine crafting that exists in Illinois.
The Program markets crafts through Artisans Shops located in the James R. Thompson Center, Chicago; the Museum Store at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield; the Museum Shop at the Dickson Mounds Museum; and the Southern Illinois Artisans Shop at Rend Lake.
All areas of arts and crafts, including folk, traditional, contemporary, and ethnic, as well as fine art forms are eligible. Twice a year, the Artisans Program organizes a jury of knowledgeable art specialists to review applications from new artists. The location of the jury rotates between Chicago, Springfield, and Southern Illinois.
- 2008 - Paint America
Second 100 - "Racin' the Storm". The organization strives to name two artists from each state to their Top 100 and Second 100.
- 2008 - Morton Pumpkin Festival Art Show
First Place Professional Division and People's Choice - "Face to Face" 16 x 20 - Siberian Tiger
- 2007 - Paint America
Top 100 representing Illinois - "Weighing the Options". The organization strives to name two artists from each state to their Top 100 and Second 100.
- 1989 - Illinois State Duck Stamp Competition
Top 15 finalist. In 1990, the State of Illinois discontinued the competition and commissioned artists to create the stamp image.
- 2012 - International Guild of Realism
The International Guild of Realism was founded by a group of leading professional realism artists from around the globe in 2002 with four goals:
• Recognizing the best realists working today
• Creating exhibition opportunities
• Providing technical and promotional support
• To offer a bridge between art collectors and the highest quality realist art, created by our members
- 2011 - Women Artists of the West (Associate Member)
Women Artists of the West (WAOW) is a group whose specific objectives and purpose include uniting women artists; promoting appreciation of art created by women; encouraging technical excellence by educating artists and the public through exhibitions and workshops; encouraging professionalism by advising women artists regarding business practices; providing publicity and national awareness for members through advertising and web presence; and developing a spirit of unity among its members.
- 2009 - American Plains Artists
- 2009 - Oil Painters of America
- 2009 - Artists for Conservation
- 2001 - National Audubon Society
- 1996 - National Wildlife Federation