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Marti Millington grew up in rural Indiana and as a youngster, was most often found outside exploring the woods behind her home with her brothers. Experiencing nature in its pristine state inspired her deep appreciation for the environment and a great fondness for the creatures that lived just beyond her back yard.

Marti’s love of art was passed on to her from her mother, a fashion illustrator. While in school, she studied commercial art, fashion illustration and technical drawing, but her love of nature turned her focus to nature and wildlife art.

Trips throughout North America, including numerous visits to Yellowstone National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, and travels through nearly every state in the lower forty-eight, provide the inspiration for Marti’s paintings. She relies on her own photos and field sketches of the subject matter in her paintings.

She had her first solo exhibit in Manitou Springs, Colorado in 2005; and has had many solo exhibits since. Her work has been juried into prestigious national exhibitions including Art of the Animal Kingdom, Paint the Parks, National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society’s Best of America (2012), and Artists for Conservation’s annual exhibition.

Marti is a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation and a juried artist in the Illinois State Museum’s Illinois Artisans Program.

"Each day brings a new attack on wildlife and a grab for their shrinking habitat. 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:
Wild Bird Rescue - 10% of the proceeds from the sale of her painting "The Hawk and the Goldfinch" will be donated to Wild Bird Rescue.

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.

Special Achievements:
  • 2017 - AFC Annual Tour - Qingdao, China
    "What Was That?" an acrylic painting of a Canada Lynx will travel to China as AFC expands its annual tour to include an annual Asia-Pacific tour. AFC's international exhibit will be held at the Qingdao Lanwan Art Gallery at Lanwan Eco Art Park - a relatively new 300 acre ecological park, monumental sculpture garden, and art village, centrally located in one of China's most beautiful and important coastal cities - Qingdao City.
  • 2016 - Artists for Conservation Annual Exhibit
    "What Was That?," an acrylic painting of a Canada Lynx, was juried into the annual Artists for Conservation exhibit in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. The painting was also selected for the annual tour and was exhibited at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in January of this year. A portion of the sale proceeds from the exhibit are donated by each artist to a conservation organization of their choice.
  • 2014 - SEWE - Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition 2013-2014
    A Celebration To Preserve A Way of Life
    Juried acceptance as an exhibiting artist in the prestigious Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) a three-day celebration of wildlife and nature through fine art, conservation education, sporting demonstrations, and the people who honor them all. Held in Charleston, SC, each year, it generates an estimated $50 million; it provides the public with easy and affordable access to wildlife and nature conservation programs; it increases awareness about the need to protect our natural environment; and, it celebrates our collective love for wildlife, nature and our role in enjoying them for generations.
  • 2013 - Art of the Animal Kingdom XVIII
    Tasty Morsel, an acrylic painting of a Raven, was accepted for Art of the Animal Kingdom, an annual invitational, juried exhibition of the Bennington Center For the Arts, Bennington, Vermont. To be able to submit work for this show artists must be invited by The Bennington. Artists' work is then juried for inclusion into the show.
  • 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.

  • 2012 - First Place - Oil/Acrylic - Irving Art Association Wildlife Art Show
    "Attitude", a painting of a brown bear (grizzly) was awarded First Place in the category Oil/Acrylic, in Irving Art Association's 2012 Annual Wildlife Art Show. The organization is located in Irving, TX, and sponsors the annual wildlife show, among others.
  • 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.
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