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Marti Somers

A native Californian, Marti Somers received her fine arts degree at the University of Hawaii. Upon graduation, she returned to California and had a successful career as a graphic designer at Stanford University, ultimately co-founding Artefact Design in Palo Alto, CA. She has won numerous awards for her published illustrations, often described as whimsical in nature. In 2001, she left Artefact Design to follow her passion as a painter. "I am grateful everyday to have found what I was meant to do, and to live the life I was meant to live."

Marti achieves rich surfaces in her paintings by building layers of paint on birch panel, then scraping, sanding, drawing, and glazing until images emerge from the surface to tell their story. Much is to be discovered in what lies between the layers, and this is what ultimately draws you into her world. "As a visual artist, I hope to bring you into my world of storytelling. The search for peace and beauty, the fragility of nature juxtaposed against modern life, the human form in balance with others, and in the face of an often foreboding sky, abundant hope."

"My paintings always find their way back to the subject of nature and the questions of modern life. Without the viewer's participation, my paintings feel unfinished." Somers' work is represented nationally and collected globally. She has published a number of books, and is the recipient of many awards for her illustration and paintings.


White Bird on Black, oil and mixed media on wood panel, 12x12


Sun Heart, encaustic and mixed media on wood panel, 24x24


Pentimento, encaustic and mixed media on wood panel, 40x40


Cup of Buddah, oil and mixed media on wood panel, 40x40


Lotus Bloom, oil and mixed media on wood panel, 32x54


Letter to Robert Redford, oil and mixed media on wood panel, 44x44


Good Fortune, oil and mixed media on wood panel, 44x48


Winking Buddha, oil and mixed media on wood panel, 44x48


Liberty Cafe, oil and mixed media on wood panel, 48x50


Eminent Domain, oil and mixed media on wood panel, 54x54


Earth Heart, oil and mixed media on wood panel, 54x54


Restitution, oil and mixed media on wood panel, 60x60


Tourmaline Song, oil and mixed media on wood panel, 40x40


Reservoir Love, oil and mixed media on wood panel, 40x40


Treasure, oil and mixed media on wood panel, 32x30


Vintage Brooch, encaustic on wood panel, 9x9


Vintage Mando, encaustic on wood panel, 9x9


Vintage Migration, encaustic on wood panel, 9x9


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