About Me

Martha

RESUME 

MARTHA SHILLIDAY – WATERCOLORIST & TEACHER 

CURRENT CONTACT INFORMATION: 

Web site: http://mshilliday.com 

Email: mshilliday@cox.net, info@mshilliday.com 

ARTIST STATEMENT 

Through many years of training in multiple mediums I have continued to refine my techniques to provide a sense of realism. The medium of watercolor enables me to integrate my skills in drawing and application of color in layers to create depth while maintaining the details. Most recently the outdoor experience of plein-air painting has challenged me to locate that convergence of light, color and composition, that “a ha” moment, which depicts an image that allows me to realize my vision. 

ART EDUCATION 

California – Watercolor Class 

Cathy Quiel - 20+ years adult education classes 

Thomas Van Stein - 2015 one semester adult education  

California Watercolor - Plein-air and Indoor workshops 

Ric Dentinger - 3 day indoor workshop 11/2013, 8/2012, 9/2011, 11/2009  

Frank Eber - 1 day indoor workshop 2/2017 

Ray Hunter - 2 day indoor workshop 8/2013 

John Iwerks - 2 day plein-air workshop 4/2014 

Karen McLean-McGaw - 1 weekend plein-air in Santa Barbara 4/2007 

2 weekend trips plein-air to Catalina 5/2005, 4/2004 

Cathy Quiel - 13 day trip plein-air with 25 watercolorists to Cinque Terre and Umbria, Italy 6/2011 

1 weekend plein-air in Santa Barbara 7/2006 

11 day trip plein-air with 23 watercolorists to Lake Como/Venice, Italy 6/2006  

Thomas Schaller - 3 day outdoor workshop 11/2015 

Keiko Tanabe - 3 day indoor/outdoor workshop 8/2018, 2 day indoor workshop 3/2013  

David Taylor - 4 ½ day plein-air workshop in Santa Barbara 9/2014 

Massachusetts - Formal 

DeCordova Museum - Concord, watercolor classes 

Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, 3 young adult art classes 

University of Massachusetts - North Dartmouth, 2 years focusing in fine arts  

Massachusetts – Watercolor Private 

Carolyn Latanision - 2 years evening classes 

Jo Tringale - 3 years evening classes 

Oregon – Watercolor Workshop 

Michael Reardon - 4 day indoor workshop 8/2019  

AWARDS 

Jurors Award - Goleta Valley Art Association, Goleta, CA 1/2016, 4/2015 

Grumbacher Award - Best in Show Andover, Massachusetts 

Honorable mention - Santa Barbara Orchid Show 2019, Arlington Art Association, Arlington, Massachusetts 1980 

SHOWS  

Andover, MA - Art in the Park 1988 

Carpinteria, CA - Devine Inspirations “Women with Paint” 9/2007 – 8/2007 

Goleta, CA - Goleta Valley Hospital Community Wall 3/2016 - 10/2016, 8/2015 – 3/2016 

Minneapolis, MN - Northup King Building “The Michael Speaker Gallery” Two Person Exhibition 11/2014 – 11/2015  

Santa Barbara, CA  

Gallery 113 - Artist of the Month “Visions – Near and Far” 2/2018, “Visions of Reality” 8/2007 

Mezzanine 6/2021- 7/2021, 7/2005, 10/2004, 6/2003  

Gallery 1029 - “Art of Conversation” 10/2010 – 1/2011 

“Two Visions of Tanzania” 2/2007 – 5/2007 

“Italian Memoirs” 3/2007 – 6/2007 

“Women with Paint” 11/2006 – 2/2007 

Earl Warren Showgrounds - “Pretty in Pink” – Orchid Show 2019 

Faulkner West Gallery - “Cuba is Calling” 10/2015 

Harris & Fredda Meisel Gallery - 8/2013 – 11/2013, 5/2012 – 8/2012, 5/2010 – 8/2010 

Max’s Restaurant - “Cuba is Calling” 5/16/2016 – 7/17/16 “Women with Paint” 10/2014 – 12/2014, 12/5/2011 – 2/5/2012  

Natural History Museum - Artwalk – Juried Indoor Featured Artist section –2018, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2006, 2005  

Semana Nautica - Juried Show 7/2007 

Summerland, CA - Salon Olivier 7/2014 – 11/2014 

Ventura, CA - Tatiana’s Coffee Shop, Solo Art Show 5/31/16 – 10/17/16 

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

Goleta, CA - Goleta Valley Art Association, Juror 7/2019 

TEACHING WATERCOLOR 

Santa Barbara, CA  

Arts for Humanity - Garden Court 2/23/16 – 3/29/16 

- Visual Arts & Design Academy (VADA) 5/10/16 – 5/31/16 

Private Lessons - Advanced Beginner Classes, Goleta Valley Community Center 1/2017 – 11/2018 

- Advanced Beginner Classes, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church 1/2019 – present 

- Beginner Classes, San Vicente Mobile Home Park 6/2019 - 9/2019 

COMMISSION

– Eastern Sierra Mountain and Lake scene – Private residence Torrence, CA 

- Montecito Magazine – Montecito, CA  

Milkman - Pozzebon Ranch, 2020  

Aloe’s In the Mist – Tom Cole, 2018, Mount Saint Carmel Chapel, 2016, Borg House 2015, Midland School, 2014, Doty Ranch, 2011, Edible Gardens, 2008  

- Planned Parenthood, San Luis Obispo, CA - Tranquility, 2015 

- Music Academy of the West – Santa Barbara, CA - Watercolor image of Treasure House  

DONATED 

- Rodan Larger than Life 1/2019 

- Ribbons of Life Ventura, 8/2017 - CA Hydra, Greece, Corner Venice, Italy, Serengeti Plains, Tanzania, Africa, Maui, Historic Museum, Maui, Hawaii  

MEMBERSHIPS 

Arlington Art Association member from 1975 through 1980 

Goleta Valley Art Assocation – currently active since 2015 

Santa Barbara Art Association – currently active since 1993 

SCAPE Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment - active 2013-19, 2005 – 07, Co-chairman for In-Take Gathering 2007  

Women with Paint – critique group, currently active since 2004