Meridith Martens Biography
Meridith Martens spent most of her childhood traveling with her family, eventually ending up in Annapolis, Maryland. Her love of horses and her ability to capture both likeness and spirit led to a successful early career painting equine portraits from Saratoga to Hialeah. She attended Corcoran School of Art, The San Francisco Art Institute, Maryland Institute of Art, and spent a year painting in Paris before moving to New York City for several years. After settling in North Carolina to raise her daughter, Meridith discovered a lively arts community where she found success painting commissioned portraits and corporate projects, while investigating new forms in her studio. Always equally drawn to the realistic and the abstract, Meridith was inspired by a workshop given by Wolf Kahn in Mississippi. Kahn later sponsored Meridith for a month-long residency fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center where she began in earnest to experiment with abstract forms. Her painting of the World Trade Center, created just days after September 11, traveled the world for four years with Meridian International True Colors exhibit, a powerful group show of artistic responses to the tragic events of that day. Currently, Meridith is working on reproduction pieces for high-end interior design as well as publication illustrations. She lives with her husband in North Carolina, continuing to create, experiment, and explore boundaries between the realistic and the abstract in a variety of media and genre.
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