Artist Bio

Santa Fe artist Camilla Martin with horseCamilla Martin grew up in the Denver area surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and the western themes of horses, cowboys and wide open spaces. The artist was captivated by horses from a young age, and began drawing them early on. In the third grade, her art teacher noticed her love for drawing and painting animals and she selected and entered a painting of a bobcat at a citywide elementary art show at the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver. She would later attended the Art Institute where she majored in Visual Communications.

The artist moved to Northern New Mexico and returned to school in 2004 to acquire her degree in Fine Arts, first with an Associates from Northern New Mexico College and Bachelors at the University of New Mexico. She expanded her skills to include ceramics, Rio Grand tradition weaving and printmaking.

Camilla teaches art full time at McCurdy Charter School in Espanola, New Mexico. Most recently, In August of 2022, she completed her Masters of Arts in Fine Arts with an emphasis in drawing and painting from Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Camilla’s art draws inspiration from the unique landscape of the Northern New Mexico high mountain desert near her home in Abiquiu. She also paints scenes from her travels throughout the United States and abroad, to everyday life on the ranch. She still enjoys drawing and painting horses, her first love, and animals of all kinds.

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