Martha Worthley is a painter whose work combines colorful surfaces and intricate detail with figurative and botanical images.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Martha Worthley headed West after high school to join the mid-70s ferment of ceramic sculptors and painters at the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA 1977). She has also studied textile design and printing at the Rhode Island School of Design and Oregon College of Arts and Crafts. Textiles and surface design have been a major influence since childhood.
Early years spent sewing and knitting provide a thread of continuity apparent in her work today. Texture and repeat pattern are significant elements of her paintings, which frequently resemble old and well-used textiles.
Worthley weaves figure, still life, and botanical imagery to reflect an ongoing meditation on the experience of growth, aging, and the feminine.
Since the early 80’s, Martha has lived in Port Townsend, northwest of Seattle, Washington. Port Townsend has a rich marine environment, gardens overflowing with flowers and organic produce, unstoppable blackberries, and lots of dogs, music and art.