Martha preaches the gospel of the power of creativity. A multi-disciplinary artist, Martha’s favorite artforms are the crossover points in the many expressive arts that exist. She directs and produces shows that incorporate moving image, poetry, dance, visuals, and music, and has been a lively collaborator with creators from all these disciplines in her many years as a practicing artist and classical pianist.
She received a Masters in studio art/graphic design from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2007 and a Bachelors of Fine Art from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1980. Training with the community service organization, the Institute of Cultural Affairs, in her teenage years awakened her to the need of methods for building and nurturing community spaces – both internal and external.
As an art director and editor, she has created exhibition catalogs, magazines, and poetry books, as well as corporate identity systems and illustrations.
As a musician, she is drawn to staging and performing spirited life-affirming works through collaboration with open-minded genre-free folks, but she’s also totally a classical music nerd. She directs a chamber music concert series through the Questa Creative Council. She is currently the accompanist for Taos Community Chorus.
Martha has had a teaching career at the high school and college levels as well, from Tennessee to New Hampshire. She is currently tending to nurturing her own artistic expression.