Martina was born in Galbally, Co. Wexford, Ireland in 1974 and graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design with a BA in Fine Art Painting in 1996. She moved to London in 1999 and remained there until April 2015 when she returned to live in Co. Wexford.
The ideas for her paintings come from various sources;buildings, books, songs, people and nature. In her paintings she transforms reality, mixes it with memories and the subconscious and paints her interpretation of it. Her landscapes are inspired by the Irish countryside, history and folklore. She likes to exaggerate colour, apply layer upon layer of paint, then work back into the surface with cloths, rollers, scrapers, stones and twigs as well as brushes and pallet knives to create heavily textured mysterious scenes which capture the beauty, ruggedness and magical quality she sees in the Irish landscape.
She uses the same techniques to create a sense of mystery in her abstract work. These are unrecognisable spaces filled with forms which imply a human presence but could just be inanimate objects. She wants to draw the viewer in and invite them to experience the scene. The title sometimes gives a hint as to what the painting is about but she wants to make the viewer curious; to ask what is happening here and for them to interpret it in their own way.