2021 Participating Artists Profiles
Martha Spieker
Martha Spieker
Mixed Media: Pastels, watercolors and oil

Mailing address
3023 137TH AVE NE




I grew up in NY just outside NYC. After living all over the NE Scott and I followed my parents out to the PNW about 25 years ago to be closer to grandparents after we had children. We live in Bellevue now and we are spending more and more time in what was my parent’s home on Lopez.

Like most people I loved art projects as a kid, I just never stopped. I paint and make things because it helps me to see the world more clearly. I slow down and see the things around me that we only superficially glance at day to day. Whether I am drawing or painting from real life, imagination or abstraction there is a shift, a change in my perception of life.
I work in a variety of mediums. My life has been filled with many other things leading to many starts and stops in my painting. For years I was obsessed with lines but that obsession has slowly evolved into color. I make little distinction between mediums as it is the color that fascinates me. Life sparks an idea and that is translated into a concept that only works in a specific medium in my mind. Some painting as are done for the love of a place (many landscapes of Lopez), for the fulfillment of a concept (my ongoing series of what can you do with vial lids), the conceptualization of a feeling ( my abstract work) and the list goes on.

2021 Lopez Island Studio Tour
Martha Spieker at 551 Lopez Road