Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sweet Sorrow

My dear Aunt Olga (Tia Nena) left us yesterday. She was a great woman and a dear friend. It was a day a reflection about life and death, about what we are and why we are here. Our time here is brief and death teaches us that time, possessions and our bodies are not eternal. Live life as if it were your last day.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Making Movies

As a child I loved making home videos with my sisters, Adriana and Stella. We would dress up and create skits. We would make movies into the wee hours of the night and we had so much fun! I've decided to go back to this creative outlet. During my Vipassana meditation retreat, I thought up this sassy, latina character named Carmen. Last night she came to life! Take a look at my YouTube channel: or click here:

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Roadtrip Car Drawings

I went on a cross-country road trip, and when it was my turn to be in the passenger seat I got to draw. Driving through our beautiful country is quite inspiring, the beautiful fields with crops and animals, the bodies of water, and the gorgeous cities and towns, what a treat! The trip started in Oregon and ended in New York. It was truly unforgettable!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Little Bit Of This and a Little Bit of That

Here are a few pieces from the past few weeks. You can also see more recent posts on my Instagram account Marybelm or my Marybel Martin Artist page on Facebook! Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

One Of a Kind

The PNCA Gala is an annual event to raise funds for our school. It's a black tie event and the who's who of Portland is always in attendance.

I wanted to wear something special this year. My friend Jonathan Bermudez offered to make me a dress! We chose a style and he got to work! After some fittings, the beautiful dress was finished!

I wanted to add a special touch to it to make it edgy and fun. I took inspiration from Alexander McQueen and decided to do this…


In the end the dress looked extraordinary! One of a kind and fabulous!

We had a fabulous time at the gala and the dress was a success!

World famous singer, KD Lang sang for us, it was beautiful! 

A fantastic night filled with fun!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The End Has Come

My head is still spinning from the past few weeks. Between finishing finals and a horrendous back ache I feel like I just completed Iron Man. I am now half way through my junior year. I cannot believe it! Now time to paint and make some more art. Here are some snapshots of finals week. Enjoy!

This painting is called "Stay Until You Grow"

These are part of my Expanded Field final. We had to collaborate with someone. I worked with a naturopath and I did a performance piece on Integrative Medicine. I'm waiting on the photos taken during the performance. I'll post them when I get them. 

My ceramics cups! We made these using an extruder. 

Of course, Gold Biggie...

Chaos in the studio. 

Painting my last piece!

The crew at the end of year party at PNCA. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Finals! Again...

Just two more weeks of craziness and this too shall pass... Here are three finals I'm working on, I'll show you the final pieces soon! Wish me luck!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Inner Child: You Choose

In my latest piece I address the inner child. Everyday I have a choice. I can choose the dead inner child or I can choose the live one. The live one is when I feel joy, playfulness and love. The dead one is fear and sadness. It's difficult to be aware and make the choice but it's always there. Click on the images for a better view!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Our Lady Of Artists

For this project, I talked to different people at school and realized that we all are going through our own personal struggles. Sometimes we can deal or cope with them with strength and optimism, but sometimes these struggles become overwhelming so we tend to look outside of ourselves for support.
I wanted to create a very special idol for just us, artists, at PNCA, in our little Expanded Field Class. Something to just look over us, nothing else.

The viewer has the option to make a “wish” and light a candle to symbolize that wish. I used wood, paint, sculpy, fabric, glue and some found objects for this project. I decided to go small because I wanted to use rich detail.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Drugs and Gold

As you may or may not know, a few days ago a madman came into the gallery in which my piece "Let It Go" was showing and went wild. I was able to get the surveillance footage. It shows the man coming into the gallery going straight to my friend and artist, Daniel Pavis' piece, consumed it, then walked over to mine and broke open the box, tore out the golden heart and put it in his pocket. The police were notified and the man is still at large. Is the art world safe?! As one person said, the man must have seen the pieces and must have thought, "drugs and gold".


My heart was torn out and stolen. 

Daniel Pavis' piece was eaten by the madman. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Let It Go

We are complete as we are. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. Sometimes our human experience is too much and we freeze up in fear. What happens? The fear we are holding on to blocks the flow of energy and more and more negativity builds up. As soon as we release, open up, stop resisting and just feel, the flow begins again. Inside we are love. With this piece I am creating a representation of you, me. We are a beautiful vessel filled with love and light. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Journey

So many things happen in a day, in a week, in a month. Moments of awareness, moments of fear, moments of pure joy. The journey of life is one filled with learning from all of these experiences. I've been working on two very personal pieces. These are the studies that will later become paintings. Take a look!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Finding My Self

After being married for nineteen years, and suddenly divorced, I realized that I had lost myself. I know a lot of people say the same thing after being in a long relationship, but it's very true. I morphed into someone that when removed from the relationship was completely lost. I have been doing a lot of personal work in order to find my Self again. It has not been easy. It's been pretty much an uphill battle. Although, I, my self, have always been here, I had to peel back so many layers to find ME. It's a beautiful, wonderful, magical feeling to feel the way I did when I was a child. I painted this piece of me finding and loving myself. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I Am Light

I have been learning about the ego and the soul and our true essence as spiritual beings having a human experience. I have learned from the greats: Tolle, Williamson, Ruiz, Singer and Chopra to name a few. 
Sometimes when we get wrapped up in daily life it's important to separate yourself and realize that our problems do not define who we are. In fact our identities or professions do not define what we truly are either. 
I wanted to create a piece that would show the layers that envelop what we really are. I wanted to create a mystical mood by giving it a tarot card feel and an almost religious look by giving them a stained glass look. Magical!
Here it is!

I am not a mother. 

I am not an artist. 

I am not my body. 

I am not my organs. 

I am not my bones. 

I am light!