Marta Utsler was born in England and moved to the United States aged 5. In 2010, she returned to the UK and lived in London for a time; then, discovering St. Ives in Cornwall as a renowned art community, she was based, and exhibited her abstract artwork there, for 4 ½ years. She now lives and works in Berwick-upon Tweed in Northumberland.
Marta was raised in northwest Indiana, just outside of Chicago, Illinois, where drawing was a childhood passion. Later she became interested in photography and took courses from 1980 to 1982 at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Indiana. Drawing from the live model was also studied.
In 2001, she became aware of the Artist Relocation Program in Paducah, Kentucky, which was attracting many artists from all over the United States. After renovations were completed on the historic brick building, 520 Studio/Gallery was established in 2004. Marta worked on her art, managed her own gallery and exhibited her work in various other galleries. However, having lived in Kentucky and having probed many venues throughout the south, the time had come to seek a new audience for her work.
In addition to painting, Marta has worked with Michael G. Crouse, Master Printer and Director of Yeiser Art Center, producing limited edition lithographs from 2007 to 2009. This allowed her to continue exploration in graphic black and white abstractions, using litho crayons on the polished surface of Bavarian limestone.
Marta's work is in private and corporate collections in the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland and Australia, including work owned by a member of the prominent Guggenheim family in New York.