Marta Stephens was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but has called Indiana her home since the age of four.
Her formal art education includes courses at U.C.L.A, the Pasadena Art Center College of Design, and Ball State University. However, while at Ball State, she changed her major and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism/Public Relations in 2001.
Stephens has been painting for over 40 years and continues to remain open to learning new techniques and finding ways to improve, thus, this self-taught artist’s style is in a constant state of development.
Her painting technique has continuously evolved through experimentation and studying works of contemporary and traditional impressionist artists. Stephens has worked with a variety of mediums including ink, washes, clay, and charcoals. Several years later, she began exploring oils and acrylics. The subject matters of her paintings are primarily still lifes and landscapes. Gardening is one of her other creative passions, so inspiration often comes from nature and the study of light and shadows.
She has been an active member of the Muncie Artists Guild since 2018 and has won several awards for her artwork. Her earlier paintings received awards and honorable mentions at state art competitions. Her contributions to the Guild have been to create and maintain the MAG website, chairs the Historian Committee, and co-chair of the 2022 Book Committee where she was instrumental in the development of the group’s 70th Anniversary Book, Through Artists Eyes: Celebrating 70 Years with the Muncie Artists Guild.
Hydrangeas Still Life 18" x 24" Acrylic On Canvas.
Red Pears 14" x 11" Acrylic On Canvas.
Marta is also a published author of crime mystery novels all of which have received several awards and recognitions over the years. Her recent publication in 2021 is an anthology of short mysteries.
Marta retired in 2020 from Ball State University, Human Resources, after 41 years. Since then, she has pursued her life-long passion—art.
2021 MAG Annual Show Award Recipient
Lillie's Violet, 12" x 16" Acrylic On Canvas. 1st Place.
Iris Patch, 18" x 24" Acrylic On Canvas.