Martha is a native Vermonter, born and raised in the state. She is a certified teacher for the Adele Bishop stenciling technique, a member of the Society of Decorative Painters and a guild member of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration. She has been teaching and painting art for three decades. Martha is self-taught in many genres, including vinegar grain painting, faux finishes on walls, primitive wall murals, primitive landscapes on canvas and punched and pierced tin.
Martha's devotion to Early American Decoration is a natural outgrowth of her appreciation for and sense of connection to her ancestors way of life. "I enjoy keeping alive these decorative techniques which preserve our past and help future generations to understand their heritage. By teaching these arts and crafts to young and old alike, I like to think I am doing my part to preserve the past and keep these almost forgotten arts alive."
As is characteristic of a native Vermonter, Martha is attracted to objects designed such that utility is wed to beauty. Her classes begin with blank cutting boards, sap buckets, velour board, cotton velveteen and tin. She teaches her students to transform them into charming keepsakes of a bygone era. There seems to be no end to what Martha will decorate, given simple tools, a