About Me

Martha Shilliday watercolor artist, Santa Barbara, CA.
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Martha Shilliday watercolor artist, Santa Barbara, CA.

BIOGRAPHY 

MARTHA SHILLIDAY – WATERCOLORIST 

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 

Massachusetts - Formal 

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

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

DeCordova Museum – Concord, watercolor classes 

Massachusetts – Watercolor Private 

Jo Tringale – 3 years evening classes 

Carolyn Latanision – 2 years evening classes  

California - Watercolor 

Cathy Quiel – 19 years adult education classes  

California Watercolor - Plein-air and Indoor workshops 

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

Karen McLean-McGaw – 2 weekend trips to Catalina 4/2002, 5/2005 

1 weekend in Santa Barbara 4/2007 

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

1 weekend in Santa Barbara 7/2006 

13 day trip with 25 watercolorists to Cinque Terre and Umbria, Italy 6/2011 

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

AWARDS 

Grumbacher Award – Best in Show Andover, Massachusetts 

Honorable mention – Arlington Art Association, Arlington Massachusetts 

EXHIBITIONS 

Andover, MA - Art in the Park 1988 

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

Santa Barbara, CA  

Gallery 113 - Mezzanine 6/2003, 10/2004, 7/2005 

Artist of the Month “Visions of Reality” 8/2007 

Gallery 1029 - “Women with Paint” 11/2006 – 2/2007 

“Italian Memoirs” 3/2007 – 6/2007 

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

“Art of Conversation” 10/2010 – 1/2011 

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

Max’s Restaurant - “Women with Paint” 12/5/2011 – 2/5/2012, 10/2014 – 1/2015 

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

Semana Nautica - Juried Show 7/2007 

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

COMMISSIONS  

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

Midland School 2014, Doty Ranch 2011, Edible Gardens 2008, Montecito Magazine – Montecito, CA 

MEMBERSHIPS 

Arlington Art Association member from 1975 through 1980 

Santa Barbara Art Association – currently active since 1993 

SCAPE Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment - active 2005 – 07, 2013-15, 

Co-chairman for In Take Gathering 2007  

Women with Paint – critique group currently active since 2004