Martha's Self Portrait

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Martha Colhoun, Illustrator

New Mexico Watercolor Society

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Martha's Bio

Martha Colhoun was born in Michigan on a cold November day but grew up in Northern Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. From her classroom in Kayenta she looked out onto Monument Valley, which made a profound impression on her as a child. Free time was spent horseback riding in the desert, exploring ruins, witnessing Kachina dances and being part of the rich cultural world of the Navajo and Hopi. Photography was her medium then, and a camera is still never far from her hand.

She attended the University of Arizona on scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art/ Metals, and minors in Watercolors and Art History. She began work as a goldsmith a week after graduation, and continued for 26 years, opened a successful shop in El Paso, Texas for 18 years, where she created beautiful and whimsical custom fine jewelry pieces.

Martha draws with humor and charm, using her sense of humor as her main creative tool. She is skilled in many types of artwork, including pencil, ink, acrylics, pastels and watercolors. She is a signature Member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society, and has won an award for graphic design for the Urban Sketcher's Society of New Mexico. She is influenced by Folk art, Pop art, Camp art and Outsider art.

She now lives in Albuquerque with her husband and cats, happily devoting her creativity to her first artistic loves, drawing and photography.

The Cat Tower

If cats used Tarot....

Burket's Warbler

Burket's Warbler.

Boomer vs. Mothra

Our cat, Boomer, fighting his own "Mothra".

Snow Mouse

Not happy about the snow.

Peanut Butter Fish

What else would you want to go with a jellyfish?

Tasty Pens

Tasty Pens!

Peanut Butter Fish

Our most favorite ice cream flavors were invented by a cat.

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All images and text © Martha Colhoun, 2021.

This site developed by Duncan Colhoun, Graduate of Cohort34, Central New Mexico Community College Deep Dive Coding.