Martha Mellinger at her studio in Sonoma

I have been an artist all my life and I paint because I love capturing the feeling of living in Sonoma. Both my life here and my travels in Italy are my main sources of inspiration.  Sonoma is defined by wine and food and is a spot that attracts people from all over the world. My studio in rural Sonoma is surrounded by old, weathered barns and acres of vineyards.

I paint the landscapes, farmers' markets and people I see in my daily life. My medium is oil on canvas or wood. I love the brilliance of the colors and the physical act of painting. My use of color is inspired by the season changes of the surrounding countryside. The yellow ochres of the hot, dry summer change to deep greens of the wet winter.

Painting is my work... I show up every and work as hard as I can. Some days are productive and some aren't. You can't want until inspiration hits you. Most of the time inspiration comes to me as I am working. Sometimes I don't even know I have made a very good painting until I stand back and look at it. Then I realize that something special has happened. That is exciting! It is what keeps me painting and makes me love doing it. There is nothing more fun than painting.



2018 - Parkpoint Club
2018 - H Frank in Sonoma, ongoing exhibit
2017 - Sonoma Art Trails, October
2016 - Sonoma Art Trails
2016 - The Loop at Cornerstone
2014 - Art Trails Open Studios, Sonoma
2014 - Parkpoint, Sonoma
2013 - Art Trails
2013 - Chateau St. Jean Winery
2012 - Art Trails
2011 - Parkpoint Club
2011 - Henry L, Sonoma
2010 - Sonoma Vintage Festival, 2010, winner Vintage Festival poster contest
2009 - Enoteca Della Santina, Sonoma 2009
2008 - Wolfdale's at Tahoe City
2008 - Saatchi Online Gallery
2006 - Granger Art Gallery, Sonoma, 2006-2007
2007 - The Florence Biennale 2007, Florence Italy
2005 - Park Point Club, Sonoma, 2005
2005 - The Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy
2005 - Marin Arts Festival
2004 - Sonoma Salute to the Arts
2004 - Marin Arts Festival



  • College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland
  • BA, Painting, Art History, UC Berkeley
    Studied with Peter Voulkos and John Grillo
  • MFA, Painting, UCLA graduate school
    Studied with Nathan Olivera
  • Academy of Art, San Francisco
    Illustration and Drawing