Marty Brens


Marty was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1952.  As a young person she passed a lot of her time drawing, mostly with pen and ink or pencil.  She was encouraged early on by her mother who purchased her first set of pastels in the sixth grade.  From that period on she began playing with other mediums, watercolor, acrylics and oil pastels.  She sold her first watercolor commission at the age of 16, and it was then that she saw the possibilities of painting as a livelihood.  In her twenties she worked in the design field and painted mostly in an abstract style. In 1990 she began to paint with oils on a more serious level, painting outdoors on location, “At this time my interest began to shift to representational work.”

Marty believes that the process of painting is an endless and challenging journey.  “Painting is a humbling experience; every painting is a new lesson in technique. You are constantly being pushed to new levels.    That’s the beauty of the journey!”

Marty chooses to paint intimate, simple compositions. She enjoys painting small parts of a whole; a piece of a mountain, small section of a garden, or intimate close up views. Her compositions seem inspired by a unique point of view.

Marty studied at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and took a commercial advertising course at PlatteCollege in Denver.

She has studied with artists Quang Ho, Kim English, Michelle Torrez, Mark Daily, Lorenzo Chavez, Skip Whitcomb, Kang Cho, Kevin Macpherson, Teresa Vito, George Strickland, and others.



Arts at Denver 2009-2011

Arts at Georgetown 2004 -2007 (closed)

LW Cargo Gallery Manitou Springs (closed)

Abend Gallery, Denver (Christmas Shows)

The Upper Edge Gallery-Snowmass and Aspen-1990-1998

Art on the Move Gallery-Denver- 1989-1990

Art Affiliations

Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters 2004 2005 2006, 2009

California Plein Air Painters 2011-2013

Plein Air Artists Colorado  2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Salida Plein Air event 2009, 2010, 2011

Plein Air Artists Colorado 2009-2012


“Art for Life”  Abend Gallery, Denver 2012

Seasons” one woman show Sangre de Cristo Arts Center and Museum 2011

Southern Colorado Open 2011 Honorable mention

Representing the West Sangre de Cristo Arts Center  2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Espiritu Pueblo, CO  2008, 2010, 2011,1012

Plein Air Artists of Colorado juried show  Saks Gallery  2010, 2013

Own Your Own  Sangre de Cristo Arts Center 2006-2013

Saluting Southern Colorado Artists  Canyon City 2006

Bow Wow Benefit, Saks Gallery, Denver 2006 - 2007

Paint the Town Plein Air, Florence, CO 2005

Industrial Strength CFI Exhibition 2005

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center “Own Your Own”  2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Cuchara Hermosa Art Show 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Purely Paint Exhibition-Pueblo 2004

Abend Gallery-Denver-2004 2005 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 Christmas exhibitions

Arts at Denver gallery shows 2004 -2006 – 2007,2008,2009,2010

Anderson Studio Show-Denver-2002

Glenwood Springs Art Guild-1999

Aspen Chapel Show-Aspen-1997-1998

Red Brick Arts Center-Aspen-1997

Jazz Aspen-Aspen-1996

Blues and the Arts- Denver 1995

Upper Edge Gallery – Aspen & Snowmass 1990-1999

Marty was responsible for raising the funds to bring 7 Russian Impressionists (the Hermitage Group), to the United States seven times between 1990 and 1999. She traveled and studied with them extensively for two to three months at a time for seven years.