Martha Talburt’s meticulously rendered portrait drawings capture a spark of soul in each of her subjects. Trained at the Art Students League in New York City, her portraits and paintings grace walls across the U.S.A. After raising a family of six children, Talburt moved to New York City where she lived for many years, working in the advertising industry. In 1998, she left the country and lived in Macedonia for thirteen months, serving as a teacher in the Peace Corps.
A well-known artist and teacher, Talburt has taught drawing classes for many years in Ridgefield and Fairfield County. Retired now, she lives in Ridgefield, near some of her large family. In addition to visual art, poetry is her passion, and she has been writing poems for as long as she can remember. With the phrase, “a face is a poem the soul writes,” she blends these passions.
I am being asked for an artist’s statement. Here is mine – it starts with a quote from Howard Thurman: Do not ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. Making art makes me come alive. Creating portraits makes me come alive. Enough said.