Martha Baum took her first painting class while teaching
at an elementary school in Denver, but after just two months, she quit her job, sold her home and decided to pursue art on
a full time basis studying with master painters for the next two years…a decision she has never regretted.
Although she eventually
returned to teaching for a period of time before becoming a full time artist, Martha spent evenings, weekends, and vacations
at the easel, translating summer visits to Maine islands and coastal areas into striking visual images on canvas.
resides in Bath, Maine and from her home continues to explore and paint the small coastal villages and landscapes. The
result is an impressive body of work which is gaining favor and building a reputation among an expanding number of collectors.
Baum attributes her love for the sea and the decision to reside near the water as a result of growing
up in Michigan, where she recalls her happiest childhood memories as those out on the water in a boat, or driving toward the
lake in anticipation of the first glimpse of summer cottages and sparkling water.
As she explains it, “I
loved the way one could ‘feel’ the lake in the increasingly moist air before the water actually came into view…Although
I couldn’t define it then, I also loved the rich, intensely chromatic colors both on and off the water, a direct result
of the moisture-soaked atmosphere. They say that we ‘imprint’ onto our early visual experiences,
and spend our lives looking for ways to re-experience and extend those memories. I know that is true for
Today, she divides her time between her studio and trips to Vinalhaven Island, Stonington, and Monhegan
Island. She also teaches beginning oil painting classes in her home and at Riverarts in Damariscotta. Her paintings
are currently on exhibit at Maine Cottage Furniture in Yarmouth and can
also be viewed and purchased via her website, www.marthabaum.com.