Marti Somers takes you into her world of whimsical canvases and playful narration as she explores

the fragility of nature in contrast to modern life, the human form in balance with other living creatures,

and ultimately, the magic found in an ordinary day. Her paintings offer up hope for the observer as

well as raise questions of deep concern. "Will Earth survive US?" she asks.

A native Californian, Somers received a BFA at the University of Hawaii. She returned to California

and worked as a graphic designer at Stanford University and was a principal at Artefact Design in

Palo Alto. But it was her painting that ultimately brought a sense of purpose to her life. In 2001 she

embarked on a full-time painting career and, shortly after. opened Studio Believe in San Carlos.

In 2007 Marti and her sister, Robin Somers, co-founded Somersault Studios, a non-profit publishing

venture to benefit the arts of Northern California.