About Martha Pfanschmidt


Martha Pfanschmidt lives on 5 acres on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State where she draws her inspiration from the nature that surrounds her.  The colors and shapes she uses are all a reflection of her experience of being outdoors, and of living in the woods.  Her background as a cartographer informs her work, as well as her love of all things natural.

She says, “We cannot know our inner world directly. We ‘know’ through images that stand for something other than and greater than ourselves.  I believe that beauty plays a role in that awakening.  Maybe we can’t escape the condition of our time, but we can propose these little worlds, places of hope and beauty, decorated with images that define a silent optimism.”




MFA, Vermont College, 1998
BA, Portland State University, 1978



Perfectly Ordinary Light, Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR

Chaos, Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR

so many…just one, Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR

Oscillation, Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR

Floating Downstream, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR

Wide River, Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR

Mayer Gallery, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR

Bush Barn Focus Gallery, Salem, OR

Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, OR

Bush Barn Focus Gallery, Salem, OR

Mayer Gallery, Marylhurst College, Marylhurst, OR



Of Earth and Sky, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR

Shadows and Flight, Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend, WA

Terra Nullius, Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR

Color: Cut and Fused, Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend, WA

No Place like Home, Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR



Presence/Absence, Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend, WA

Group shows, Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR

Art into Architecture, Bullseye RCNY, New York

Sitka Art Invitational, Portland, OR

Facture: Artists at the Forefront of Painterly Glass, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, Oregon and Bullseye RC, Emeryville, California

The Sum of the Parts, Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR

Evolution of Ideas, Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR
Ways of Abstraction, Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR
Crossover, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR
If I had wings: bird as metaphor, Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR       

Glass Quake Again, Mobilia Gallery,  Cambridge, MA
Fahrenheit 180,  Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY

Alexis Hotel, Seattle, WA

Expressions Northwest, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA
Alchemy of the Abstract IV,  Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA
Translations and Discoveries, Feldman Gallery, Portland, OR

Encaustic Invitational, R and F Paint, Kingston, NY
Common Threads, Fresh Paint Art, Culver City, CA

Out of the Darkness: Mezzotints from the Late 20th Century, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Little Things, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR
Drawing(s), Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR
Good Bird Bad Bird, Contemporary Crafts Gallery and Museum, Portland, OR
Altered States, PAN Gallery, Portland, OR
Printmakers Fired, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR
Contemporary Kiln-Glass: A Survey, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
Art in the Pearl, Portland, OR

Northwest Print Council group shows, national and international

Found in Translation, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR

Design Source International, Tualatin, OR

Print Arts Northwest, Portland, OR

2003-01, 1999
Lake Oswego Visual Chronicle (Invitational), Lake Oswego, OR

Lewis and Clark College Gender Symposium Exhibition, Portland, OR

Seeing the Forest: Supporting the American Dream, OSU, traveling

Four Portland Printmakers, Glasshouse Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Collective Impressions, Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR
Perception and Perspective II, L and B Viewing Room, Portland, OR
Persistence of Memory, Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR
Sextablos, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR and traveling
Group exhibition, Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, OR
Prints from Oregon, Davidson Gallery, Seattle, WA
Metaphors and Icons, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR
Wonder Women, Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Portland, OR

Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, OR
Expanded Visions, Lake Erie College, Painesville, OH
Frozen Moments: Contemporary Still Life in the Northwest, Bush Barn Art Gallery, Salem Art Association, Salem, OR
Two-person exhibition, Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, OR
Valhalla Arts and Music Festival, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Two person exhibition, Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC

Exhibition, Wenniger Gallery, Rockport, MA
Beaverton Showcase, Beaverton, OR
The CoOperators, Hoffman Gallery, Portland, OR
International Mezzotint Exhibition, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA

Two-person exhibition, Art Gym, Gallery 2, Marylhurst College, Portland, OR
19th National Print Exhibition, Schenectady Museum, Schenectady, NY
Society of American Graphic Artists, New York, NY
Three-person exhibition, Freed Gallery, Lincoln City, OR
Traveling print show, Museu da Gravura, Curitiba-Sao Paolo-Brasilia, Brazil
Innovations in Printmaking, Central Michigan U., Mt. Pleasant, MI

Print Club of Albany Spring Exhibition, Albany, NY

Small Print Exhibit, Park Row Gallery, Chatham, NY
Two-person exhibition, Salishan Lodge, Gleneden Beach, OR

7th Mini Prints International, Binghamton, NY & traveling Oregon Printmakers, Image Gallery, Portland, OR
Miniature show, Maveety Gallery, Gleneden Beach, OR
Women Artists Making Prints, Davidson Gallery, Seattle, WA

German & American Art in the Post-Unification Period, traveling German
Exhibition (1991- 92) curated by James Todd Quartersaw Gallery, Portland, OR

Annual Exhibition of Members, Print Club of Albany, Albany, NY
Showcase 90, Beaverton Arts Commission, Beaverton, OR
Oregon Printmakers, Ricciardi Gallery, Astoria, OR

1990, 89, 82
All Oregon Art Annual, Salem, OR

Northwest Regional Print Biennial, Portland, OR & traveling
Oregon Biennial, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Inkling Studio group exhibition, Portland, OR

Sunriver Annual Exhibit of Oregon Art, Sunriver, OR

Oregon Printmakers Annual, Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR

Two-person exhibition, Rathbun Gallery, Portland, OR
40 Oregon Printmakers, catalog and traveling exhibition
Oregon Monoprints 88, Rathbun Gallery, Portland, OR

West Coast Mini-Print Exhibit, Salem Art Association, Salem, OR

Wenniger Graphics “Childrens Hour” Boston, MA
First Mini Print International Exhibition, Johnson City, NY
First Annual International Exhibition of Miniature Art, Toronto, Canada
Small Works, Print Club, Philadelphia, PA
Oregon Prints Invitational, Portland, OR/Burnaby, BC, Canada
Hunterton Art Center Traveling Print Show, Clinton, NJ

Miniature Show, White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR

Third Mini Print International, Barcelona, Spain
Rockford International Biennial, Rockford, IL
Northwest Juried Art, Cheney Cowles Memorial Museum, Spokane, WA
Eighteenth November Annual, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR

Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts, Bellevue, WA


Bullseye Projects, Portland, OR
Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA
Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Rental Sales Gallery, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR


Bullseye Glass Company, OR
China National Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
City of Tucson, AZ
Gordon and Vivian Gilkey Center for the Graphic Arts, Portland Art Museum, OR
John Grey Collection, OR
Lake Oswego Visual Chronicle,  OR
Museu da Gravura, Cidade de Curitiba, Brazil
New York Public Library
OHSU, Portland, OR
Phoenix International Airport, Phoenix, AZ
RACC Moveable Collection, Portland, OR
Tacoma General Hospital, Tacoma, WA
Washington County Public Service Building Moveable Collection, OR



Painting for private residence, Portland, OR

Glass panels for Tacoma General Hospital

Painting for private residence, Santa Barbara, CA

Painting for private residence, Seattle, WA

Three Encaustic Paintings for Bar Avignon, Portland, OR

Glass Installation for private residence, Portland, OR

Glass Panels for the Casey Condominiums, Portland OR


Expressions Northwest, Port Townsend, WA, 2014, Merit Award
Portland Rental Sales Gallery 50th Anniversary Poster Contest, 2009, Honorable Mention
Expressions Northwest, Port Townsend, WA, 2008, Special Award
Alchemy of the Abstract, Port Townsend, WA, 2008, Award
Art in the Pearl, Portland, OR, 2005, Best of Show
Beaverton Showcase, Beaverton, OR, 1998, Grand Prize Award
All Oregon Art Annual, Salem, OR, 1982, 1989, Award
First Mini Print International, Johnson City, NY, 1986, Award
MESC Art Exhibition, Gresham, OR, 1982, Purchase Award


Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA September, 2013
Bullseye Glass, Portland, OR, November 2003, January 2005
Centrum, Port Townsend, WA, January, 2004


Cover Illustration for All the Birds Awake by Gayle Kaune, 2011
Cover illustration for Clackamas Community College literary magazine, 2002
Cover illustration for Open Doors by Edwin Madrid, 1999
Illustrations for Making It Home by Lars Nordstrom, 1997
Illustration for Mississippi Mud, 1994


Showcase, Northwind Arts, Port Townsend, WA, 2015
Sooke Fine Art Show, Sooke, Canada, 2008
Art in the Pearl, Portland, OR 2005
WG@BE, Bullseye Glass, Portland, OR, 2004
Audubon Wild Arts Festival, Portland OR, 2004
Lake Area Artists, Lake Oswego, OR, 2001
Painters Showcase, Beaverton, OR, 1999


Workshops (glass), Various (Texas, Alaska, Idaho, Maryland), 2012 – 2016
Bullseye Glass Co., Portland, OR, Emeryville, CA, Pasadena, CA, Mamaroneck, NY
and Santa Fe, NM  2010 – 2016
Workshops (printmaking), Corvidae Press, Port Townsend, WA, 2009, 2015
Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Neskowin, OR, 2016
Artist-teacher, Vermont College MFA-V Program, 2005
Instructor, MISSA, Metchosin, BC, Canada, July, 2006/ July 2007
Instructor, PNCA, Portland, OR, September 2001- 2004
Professor, Marylhurst University, Portland, OR, September 1991-June 2007
Professor, PSU, Portland, OR, April 2002-June 2005
Mezzotint Workshop, Santa Rosa Jr. College, Santa Rosa, CA, October 1995
Instructor, Sunnyside Community School, Portland, OR, January 1986-December 1988
Printmaking Workshop, Island International Artists, Guemes Island, WA, August 1986
Mezzotint Workshop, Linfield College, McMinnville, OR, November, 1983


Curator, Presence/Absence, group show at Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend, WA, 2016
Curator, Hidden and Revealed, three person show at Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR 2014
Co-curator (with R. Keaney Rathbun), If I had Wings: Bird as Metaphor, group show at
Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR 2011
Co-curator (with R Keaney Rathbun) Persistence of Memory, group show at Waterstone
Gallery, Portland,  OR, 2001
Featured in 100 Artists of the Northwest, E. Ashley Rooney, 2014Featured in Luxe Magazine NW, volume 1 issue 2, 2008-09
Featured in Contemporary Printmaking in the Northwest by Lois Allan, 1997
Founder:  Atelier Mars, group print workshop
Mentor, SGCI conference, Portland, OR 2016
Open Studios, Portland, OR, 2004, 2005
Port Townsend Open Studios, 2007, 2008
Presenter, BECon 2005, Portland, OR
Professional Editioner, 1986-1999
Registrar of Prints, Northwest Print Council, February 1986-January 1991
Studio Manager, Inkling Studio, October 1985-September 1990