Martha LaMarche is a graphic designer and painter who works primarily with oil, sometimes acrylic, and frequently introduces mica into her compositions. She is a Portland, Maine-based painter, poet, writer and graphic designer. Formerly with Portland’s Dooryard Collective, she has exhibited regionally and in juried shows, Her “Biology of Biography” garnered Best of Show at the Maine Artist Collective’s “Form & Flow.” (Jury: Gibrian Foltz, Andrea Helm, Alex Rheault, Ariette Scott.)
From 2014 through March of 2015 her work was featured at The Old Port’s As 1 Gallery on Exchange Street. Her work at this show prompted the following:
“Martha has just completed three 36” x 36” abstract oil paintings in her ethereal but satisfyingly grounded “Elements” series. These works demonstrate her organically evolved “Paths: Points, Lines, Tangents” style, and carry fascinating color transitions which make it a pleasure to venture the eye over every segment of the paintings, leading to the inevitable discovery of hues which should be bottled up for future use.
“She is inspired by the natural world and spirituality, and often incorporates mica into her compositions to add depth and reflection to the canvas. In “The Point” Triptych the eye is commanded from canvas to canvas in a visually expansive arena. In another work, “Persephone” springs from a mosaic of mica amid Klimt-like flowers.”
She is affiliated with The Reflectionist Painters in Kent Lakes, NY (Arts on the Lake) and has studied extensively with Alexander Shundi.
Her graphics design business, LaMarche Media, LLC specializes in communications and corporate identity for small to mid-sized businesses; articles penned for clients have been published nationally.
Studio hours are by appointment.
“Whether a brush stroke is 100 minutes new, or from a cave drawing created eons ago, painting is pure communication between the artist and souls unknown. This mystery is part of the beauty and magic that moves me. While painting, I am satisfied, informed and revealed.”
“Biology of Biography”
Best of Show, July, 2014,
Maine Artist Collective,
“16×20” Oil on Canvas