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Martha Worthy

South Carolina

Artist Statement

The natural history subjects of my paintings reflect the richness and diversity found in nature. For me, nature provides an endless supply of inspiration and joy. Every time I walk on the beach or hike in the mountains or just wander around in my own backyard, I am continually amazed and inspired by whatever I see- plant, animal, bug or bird -it’s a visual feast for the senses! 


Through my paintings, I invite the viewer to participate in this close observation of the natural world and to experience all of the wonder, solace and peace that it can provide. 


Field Notes Collection

The Field Notes series of paintings is inspired by the rich bird life of the S.C. Lowcountry. I want to express my passion for birds by distilling a collection of experiences that I’ve had while observing birds, emphasizing their intriguing shapes, patterns and antics. And, at the same time, I am strengthening my connection to the natural world.


In this series, I’ve employed a process of painting the birds on canvas and then collaging and arranging them onto a panel to create a strong interplay between positive and negative shapes. Adding a layer of handwritten notes and drawings, partially obscured to denote the passage of time, encourages a closer look. I invite the viewer to join me in this exploration of the natural world and to experience all of its joy and solace. Please visit our Shop to see Martha's available paintings.


Originally from Virginia, Martha Worthy has lived and worked in the SC Lowcountry for the past 35 years while maintaining a painting studio. She completed a BFA degree in 1981 (University of GA, College of William & Mary) and has continued her studies at Penland, Arrowmont, Anderson Ranch and the Bascom Centers for Art. Her distinctive and award winning paintings have been featured in Southern Living and Coastal Living Magazines. She exhibits her art work regionally, travels widely and participates in Master Naturalist programs. All of which which continue to add inspiration to a creative life that started at an early age through a love of drawing and painting the natural world.

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