Born in 1948 in Rhode Island, Martha was educated at Columbia University, Maryland Institute, College of Art and Maine College of Art. Before starting her education as an artist in 1994, she had practiced as a physical therapist for 25 years in Columbia and Ellicott City, Maryland.
From 1998 to 2002, she taught painting and drawing in New Hampshire . She moved to Maryland and has taught from 2003 to present. She created Willowbrook Studio in 2006.
She has exhibited in New Hampshire and Maryland in solo and group shows but her passion is in teaching. She particularly enjoys students who are exploring painting for the first time as well as those who are more experienced and self-directed.