OPAS MEMBER GALLERY PAGES
Martha O. Carmody, AIS
Of this I have always been certain, I was an artist who happened to be teaching mathematics. My stepfather John Owen introduced me to the absolute wonder of painting in oils. I was fifteen at the time and found out the necessity of keeping brushes clean. Enrolling in the College of Applied Arts at the University of Cincinnati, I studied with many who inspired me in my artistic expression. While living for two years in Kassel, Germany, I drank in the European art around me in cathedrals, castles, museums, and quaint countryside.
Later, moving to Cleveland I discovered the nascent Karamu House and there painted for a year, while teaching full time.
At last settling in Cincinnati and raising my three children, I was able to pursue watercolor painting for a time. When I returned to teaching, I found that I needed to structure time for my artistic self. I began to take evening and summer classes at the Cincinnati Art Academy, returning to my first love, oils.
Over the years I have sought instruction and acquired numerous art books for the ongoing study of techniques in oil painting. I strongly adhere to the philosophy that all artists can share something of their methods with me that will impact my painting, whether that is a radical change in canvas preparation or a way to see our surroundings. I continue to experiment and expand in my painting expression, a never-ending, lifelong adventure. Warm and brilliant Midwestern days provide exceptional opportunity to paint plein air. With like-minded artists I share time in sketch group and lazy summer days painting in our shining green surroundings. I continue to pursue my art for its intrinsic ‘joy of life’ and the pleasure it may bring to those around me.
Art Club affiliations have provided the opportunity to both exhibit and to have an active role in our art community. To facilitate this interest, I organized in 2001 the SW Ohio Plein Air schedule for weekly April – November paint outs. I have worked passionately for 12 years to expand the arts within our village and surrounding communities in the Annual Spring Evendale Fine Arts Exhibit and to establish the Evendale Cultural Arts Center. I continue to serve as the Chair of the ECAC Commission. Exhibiting nationally, I am a member of the Ohio Plein Air Society, and a signature member of the Cincinnati Art Club, the American Impressionist Society, the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati. I paint weekly and exhibit with the Brush and Palette Painters located in Hamilton County.