A master painter, she was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she attended Carlow University and received a degree in art and art education. Later she studied art at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the University of Southern California. At the beginning of her career she worked as an art teacher and art department head in Maryland and California. After becoming a full-time artist she taught watercolor and oil painting workshops in the United States and abroad. Upon moving to Colorado she became a master instructor for a branch of the Art Student’s League in Colorado Springs and then set up her own classes in her studio where she presently teaches on a weekly basis.

She was director for many years of large adventure workshops combining painting and exploring. Some of these adventures include Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, where Georgia  O’Keefe painted, a yearly excursion on a Clipper Ship in the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas stopping at many ports to paint and an exciting workshop in Salvador, Brazil, painting the colorful region and people there. It was due to these painting trips on which artists had to carry around all their painting equipment that she put together a compact painting kit that she marketed and many plein air artists use as they travel to their many painting locations.

Martha’s work has been featured in many publications such as: Southwest Art Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Artist’s Magazine and Art Collector’s Magazine. Her work has been used in several books on painting; “Making Your Watercolors Look Professional,” by Carole Katchen, “The Best of Watercolor Series, Rockport Press, “How to Paint better Watercolor Paintings,” by Jerald Brommer and Jerald Brommer’s Art Education Posters for High Schools. Her work has received many awards in national juried competitions including numerous “Best of Shows” awards. Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, New Mexico Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain Watercolor Society, Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, Montana Watercolor Society, the Adirondacks National and the San Diego Watercolor Society to name a few. She has been awarded signature membership into the American Watercolor Society in New York and the National Watercolor Society in California.

Over her career as an artist she ha had the privilege of being able to work with many painting groups and institutions:

Instructor of painting at the Jade Fong Workshops in Carmel, California

Instructor at La Romita School of Art in Umbria, Italy

Instructor at Montfacon in Limoux, France

Charles Russell Art Auction in Great Falls, Montana, 1 O years

National Arts Cl ub in New York

Salmagundi Club in New York

National Academy of Design in New York

American Watercolor Society, New York, Signature Member

National Watercolor Society, Cal ifornia, Signature Member

National Arts Cl ub, New York

Pennsylvania Watercolor Society

Western Federation of Watercolor Societies

Florida Watercolor Society, Convention show juror and instructor

Baltimore Watercolor Society

Las Posada Painting Group, annual workshop, Arizona

“The three works in this yeas show are inspired by my painting in the mountains and on the ranchlands of the Bighorns in Wyoming and Southwestern Colorado. The subjects that i chose all include the animals and people that work in these areas.

Marty Mans about her work in The Brinton 101

“In this painting I wanted to depict the joy of a ranch dog and his eagerness to be a part of the work and activity that is a part of ranch life in the west.

Marty Mans about "Ready to Go"

“The warmth of the colors of late winter and the textures surrounding the horses in this scene created a composition that caught my imagination.

Marty Mans about "Winter Pasture"