Marti Millington grew up in rural Indiana and as a youngster, was most often found outside exploring the woods behind her home with her brothers. Experiencing nature in its pristine state inspired her deep appreciation for the environment and a great fondness for the creatures that lived just beyond her back yard.
Marti’s love of art was passed on to her from her mother, a fashion illustrator. While in school, she studied commercial art, fashion illustration and technical drawing, but her love of nature turned her focus to nature and wildlife art.
Trips throughout North America, including numerous visits to Yellowstone National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, and travels through nearly every state in the lower forty-eight, provide the inspiration for Marti’s paintings. She relies on her own photos and field sketches of the subject matter in her paintings.
She had her first solo exhibit in Manitou Springs, Colorado in 2005; and has had many solo exhibits since. Her work has been juried into prestigious national exhibitions including Art of the Animal Kingdom, Paint the Parks, National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society’s Best of America (2012), and Artists for Conservation’s annual exhibition.
Marti is a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation and a juried artist in the Illinois State Museum’s Illinois Artisans Program. You can see more of Marti's work by visiting her website - click HERE
"Each day brings a new attack on wildlife and a grab for their shrinking habitat. I truly believe there is still time to change things and correct mistakes of the past. Through donations of my art and/or a portion of my sales, donations to other conservation organizations and other supportive activities, I want to be a voice for the conservation of our natural world and preservation of all God's creatures."
In 2007, Marti created a painting for the local zoo's capital fund raising campaign. The subjects of the painting, "East of the Zambezei" were Boomer and Leah, two lions who were the much beloved long time residents of the zoo. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of posters made from the painting helped raise funds for the zoo's expansion project, which resulted in a new "Africa" venue, where adults and children alike could learn about the wildlife in the Zambezi River Valley, the perils they faced, and the importance of conservation efforts on their behalf.
Through donation of a portion of the proceeds from the sale of her paintings, donation of special works created for a specific project, and monetary donations to wildlife conservation, Marti continues to support various conservation efforts, including:
- Wild Bird Rescue
- Artists for Conservation
- Vital Ground Foundation
- Iowa Wetlands Project
- Glen Oak Zoo, Peoria, Illinois
- Wildlife Prairie Park, Hanna City, Illinois
- National Wildlife Federation
- Audubon Society
- Big Cat Rescue
- Illinois Smallmouth Alliance
- National Parks Foundation