Marta Stephens

Despite taking numerous art courses over the years, a more accurate description of me is that I am a self-taught artist.


Throughout my schooling including course at U.C.L.A, the Pasadena Art Center College of Design, and Ball State University, I've worked with a variety of mediums including ink, washes, clay, and charcoals. It wasn't until several years later that I began to paint with oil paints and acrylics. The subject matter of my paintings are still lifes and landscapes. Gardening is another passion, so my inspiration often comes from nature and the study of light and shadows.


I've been painting for over 25 years, but remain open to learning new techniques and finding ways to improve, thus, my style is in a constant state of development.   Sometimes, a piece yearns to reflect precise details. At other times, I let the pallet knife dictate the unpredictable strokes and color combinations as in my painting of Sun Flowers. 

Some of my earlier paintings received awards and honorable mentions at state art competitions. In addition to my art work, I am also a published author of crime mysteries. My novels have each won awards and honorable mentions at national book fairs and writing competitions. All are available in print and e-books formats from Amazon and Barnes and Nobles. Additional information about my paintings and novels is available on my website.

My art studio is in my home, situated across the banks of the White River, where the characters of Sam Harper and Rhonie Lude came to life.

I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism/Public Relations from Ball State University in 2001.

Sun Flowers, 14" x 18" Acrylic On Canvas.

2020 MAG Annual Show Award Recipient

Harvest - Acrylic.

1st Place

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