theresa mARTin

mixed media art


Tale of the Walnut Tree

One day a large storm took down the old walnut tree. Neighbors knew it well. They loved its gnarled appearance.


Later the county removed most of the tree but left the stump to decay naturally.

The photo above was pinned to the stump so all could say Goodbye.

Lots of time has passed  and recently neighborhood children built a fort with sticks, digging out the under growth and creating an entrance.

A neighborhood artist left an offering inside. I hope they find the leaf.

My leaf pins can also be found on Etsy HERE.

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Sacred Threads Eye Contact Exhibition Schedule

The Eye Contact Exhibit is going on the road. The curator, Barbara Hollinger, has engineered the Eye Contact exhibit into 11 double-sided panels that can be suspended from poles or from a ceiling. Here is a mock-up so you can see how it will look.

Below is the travel exhibit schedule for Eye Contact:

Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, Gaithersburg, MD
March 2020

HeART Gallery, Toledo, OH
April 2020

White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh NC
May 2020 – June 2020

Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg, VA
July 2020 – August 2020

International Quilt Festival (IQF) – Houston
October 29 – November 1, 2020

AQS Quilt Week:
Feb 2021 – Daytona, FL
March 2021 – Lancaster, PA
April 2021 – Paducah, KY

Lavender Door Gallery, Stockbridge, MA
June 2021


My contribution to the exhibit

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Sold! Pins from Etsy going out the door

Thanks J for the purchase.

These pins are on their way to a friend and artist who is a regular collector of my work. I included some felt scraps and silk scraps in her package.  I will be adding handmade felt and silk paper to the shop soon.

I changed the name of the Jewelry section in Etsy to Quirky Pins/Brooches. They are quirky because they show the personality of my hand.

To select from pins that are left in my Quirky Pins section, go to Esty HERE





Bird beauty and 15FOR15 sale



All bird photos are from my yard.


Two Crows on Sculpture


Woodpecker on Telephone Pole


Woodpecker on Telephone Pole


Woodpecker on Telephone Pole

IMG_8812 copy

Mockingbird on Sculpture

IMG_8781 copy

Mourning Dove on Roof



Newest item in the shop – Eye Contact Fiber Art
Sale Ends Dec 30  Coupon for 15% off in my Etsy shop is 15FOR15 HERE







Joan’s Journey and her handmade dolls

Back View of the Multicolored jacket with orange shirt underneath.

Recently, my Mother-in-law, Joan (I won the lottery for great Mothers-in- law) visited from Australia. She’s cough*cough 90, and a veteran traveler who made the trip solo from down under. She is an established and award winning Australian artist represented in collections throughout Australia and internationally.

Her original trip a year ago was delayed by a head-on car collision. She was a passenger in a car when she saw another car coming from the opposite direction drifting into their lane. The other driver had fallen asleep. As these things sometimes go, the driver who caused the accident wasn’t hurt at all. My Mother-in-law and her driver had to be cut out of the car. Joan suffered 11 broken ribs and a fractured sternum. Her driver also had a fractured sternum. The car was totaled. Several difficult months of healing later, Joan rescheduled her trip to the USA.

Joan, in addition to being an accomplished artist, is a character herself. In one adventure we had, she dressed in pink pants with a multicolored orange, pink, blue, and black jacket. She looked fabulous. But, you haven’t lived until you walk into a Victoria’s Secret with a 90 year old woman who proceeds to buy all her friends and family the most beautiful “knickers” she could find.

One of her many artistic talents is doll making and at my request she sent several of them to me to put up for sale in the USA. I call them character dolls because they have expressive character and some of them are fairy tale dolls.

Please enjoy the photos of her dolls. If you wish, you can find them in my ETSY shop.

Gorgeous red head with an expressive hand painted face and a multi colored, magical dress.

Beautiful Goldilocks in a purple fairy dress.

Little Red Riding Hood.

Peasant Doll

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Mixed Media Ornaments Class December 14, 2019 Alexandria VA

Group photo of student work – ornaments approximately 3″ diameter

Mixed Media Ornaments with theresa mARTin $63.00
Saturday, December 14, 2019
10:00 am – 2:30 pm, ½ hour lunch break

All Supplies Provided! Inspired by an Antique Reliquary, theresa mARTin got out her supplies of pearls, rhinestones and beads and set to work to embellish Amazing Alterables™, laser-cut decorative wood fiberboard shapes from PaperWhimsy, approximately 3 inches in size. Enjoy this opportunity to dig into Theresa’s wondrous stash of beads, baubles and trims and craft your own ornaments, perfect as a handmade gift, to keep for your holiday tree, use as a gift package tie-on or even year-round display. Class fee, $48.00 + supply/kit fee of $15, which includes all necessary materials to create two ornaments — decorating both sides gives you even more opportunity to be creative! (Additional ornament bases may be available for purchase directly from the instructor the day of class, depending on the final class size.) Although all supplies are provided, feel free to bring in your own assorted beads, charms and embellishments, even small copies of family photographs so that you can add an even more personal touch to your creations, or match your holiday décor. SIGN UP HERE

Student Work

Student Work

Collating the ornament blanks

Ready to go!

Student Work

Student Work

Group photo of student work

Ornaments by theresa mARTin

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Little black books for sale

During 2019, I completed three little black books of drawings in the Pentallic Travelers sketch books. A total of 130 pages in each book!   It was a year of willing my eyes to focus as I struggled with major vision issues.  My eyes are doing better now and I’ve adapted to a new normal of not seeing as well as I once could.  Hmmm, maybe I’m unselling the books to you by telling you this story.  Really though, the drawings are intricate and inviting.  I drew most days of the year and the books were a meditation or journaling for me.  One has sold, but the remaining two are now on ETSY and I’m ready to send them to you.

A view of several pages from the book KALEIDOSCOPE. To see more or buy the book go HERE


View of several pages from the book FLORA. To see more or buy the book go HERE

There are several small books ready to go to a good home available as well.