Marta Chaffee

"While roads or river beds have occurred in my work from the beginning, they have seldom moved so fast or so precipitously through the painting or drawing as now."

Marta Chaffee is intrigued by the colors and shapes found along two well-traveled California highways: the Pacific Coast Highway and Interstate 5. She travels these roads making sketches, notes, and panoramic photographs that she will take back to her studio to work from.

She began capturing these windswept landscapes with soft-pencil drawings, but soon moved to oils to better depict the rich color and texture of the broad sky and rolling hills. Working within the expressionist tradition, Chaffee presents not the specific site, but rather what she sees in the landscape.

Raised in Pasadena, California, Marta Chaffee received a BA from Occidental College. After studies at UCLA and the Arts Students League of New York, she earned an MFA from Otis Art Institute (currently Otis College of Art and Design). Her work has been exhibited throughout the western states, New York, and Florida, as well as Seoul, Korea. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections.