Painting at Star Gazing Farm. Photo by John Zawitoski

Marty Barrick at Star Gazing Farm. Photo by John Zawitoski

Painting in the plein air tradition — being outdoors and in the changing elements — is exciting and inspiring. I’m driven to quickly capture and interpret the light, colors and shapes before me. Oils allow me to bring atmosphere and life to the two-dimensional surface.

I studied painting at the University of Maryland and Corcoran School of Art, and have taken plein air workshops throughout Maryland with Hui Lai Chong, Valerie Craig and Walt Bartman.

I was an art director and graphic designer at The Washington Post for 27 years where I created and commissioned artwork for many sections of the newspaper. I live in Maryland with my husband Tim, who enjoys basketball and woodworking, and have two daughters. To see my counted cross stitch designs, visit: Carriage House Samplings


Best of Show, Barnstormers, Frederick Landmarks Foundation, 2017
Paint Out, Third Place, Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, 2014
En Plein Air category, Honorable Mention, Kensington Paint the Town, 2013
Still Life category, Honorable Mention, Kensington Paint the Town, 2009
28 awards for art direction and design from Print Magazine, Society of News Design, Communication Arts, Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington, Society of Publication Design, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1980-2012


Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association

Solo Shows

Brookside Gardens Visitors’ Center Atrium, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland,20902, February 26 through March 25, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton, VA 22124, January 16 through February 20, 2016
Rockville Mayor’s office, 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, September 9 through November 15, 2014
Tate Gallery, Christ Congregational Church, 9525 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, March 2 through May 30, 2014