According to Martinson, she cheerfully went about a 33-year career as a geneticist with the USDA Forest Service with no idea she could paint. A resident of Vancouver since 1978, she says her creative outlet was floral and garden design in the real world. A close friend noticed Martinson’s color sense and suggested that she pick up a brush. Martinson says she’s willing to try anything once but met with only sporadic success and many missed night courses in watercolor due to her heavy travel schedule.
Retirement proved the winning ticket, as Martinson says she was finally successful in learning watercolor painting through the Clark College Mature Learning Program. She has since embarked upon a love affair with watercolors. She confides, "I love the way the watercolor washes are so transparent and luminous. I especially enjoy the magical effect of the water, which is the wild card in watercolor painting."
Martinson is currently serving as president of the Board of Governors of Second Story Gallery and also has served two years as the President of the Southwest Washington Watercolor Association.
with music by
5 to 8 p.m.
The Second Story Gallery is located upstairs in the Camas Public Library in downtown Camas at 625 NE 4th Avenue. The March 1 artist’s reception will feature music by contemporary country performer Tom Mann. In addition, the gallery is open to the public during regular library hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.