Born in Alamogordo, New Mexico, in 1949, Martha Robbins Kellar moved at age 5 to Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. At age six, she saw her first art exhibition, a show of Rubens and other Baroque painters work at the Art Institute of Chicago. Martha made her decision to become an artist then and there. After high school, she attended college as a fine arts major at Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky.
Martha Kellar has worked as a professional artist since 1979. For the first ten years of her career, Martha painted only in pastels. She was accepted as a signature member of the Pastel Society of America following her first exhibit of work at the PSA annual national show in 1985, at which Martha won her first national painting award. In 1989, Martha began painting in oils for the first time since being a college student. She then recognized her preference for oils, and now works mostly in that medium to create still life, figurative works, and landscape.
Martha Kellar’s paintings have won national recognition and numerous national and regional awards. Since 1985, she has exhibited her work many times at the National Arts club in Manhattan, and at the Salmagundi Club, also in New York. Since 1992, Martha’s work has been documented in R.C. Bowker/Marquis’ Who’s Who In American Art and Marquis’ Who’s Who In The West. Her painting has been published in the books Best Of Oil Painting and Best Of Floral Painting, both from Rockport Publishers. Her work is widely collected, and is found in both public and private collections. Martha is the wife of Bob Kellar, a teacher, mother of four children, and grandmother of one. The Kellars have lived in La Luz, New Mexico, since 1974.