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Fine Art Painter

How Martha Heppard Grew Into An Award Winning Fine Artist

Path to Art

Blending the ancient art of batik—which I learned at age 11 in the Hawaiian islands— with modern watercolor applications, I’m innovating the new artistic method of Watercolor Batik® on the finest Japanese rice papers.

My career into art was not a direct path. After being named a Rhodes Scholar National Scholar, I graduated magna-cum-laude from Harvard University and then pursued a career in medicine.

After many years of working in the medical world, I felt myself being pulled by my passion for art. I was already an accomplished watercolor artist, when I became inspired to combine watercolor with the textile dying technique of batik (a wax resist dying method). I now specialize in this unique process, while continuing to paint in oils and traditional methods of watercolor.

Inspiration for all of my paintings comes from my hikes in the Rocky Mountains, Hawaiian mountain trails, and national parks. Local, national and international travel also is evident in my fine art paintings.  My batiks have been published in many books and have won numerous awards. I am also proud to have collections hanging on loan in the Capitol Building of my home state of Colorado, and elsewhere in the United States.

Teaching my distinctive techniques, privately at my studio and publically as a faculty member of the Art Student’s League of Denver, allows me to give back to the art world from which I have benefitted. I wrote the book, Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper, to assist my students and others in mastering the method I am vanguarding. I am honored to be an invited artist to many significant regional shows each year.


Style & Quality

     Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper

Martha learned how to adapt the wax resist method of batik (she learned the ancient method of batik in junior high school) to her watercolor paintings on fine Japanese rice papers, after seeing an art piece in a local art show created in this method. She was inspired to try this technique of painting, and now specializes in this unique process. Inspiration for her paintings comes from her hikes in the Rocky Mountains, and local, national and international travel.  Martha’s batiks have been published in many books, and have won awards. She exhibits locally in her home state of Colorado as well as nationally, and is on the faculty of the Art Students League of Denver where she teaches this technique.  Martha also teaches private watercolor batik workshops across the US.

     Oils & Traditional Watercolors

Martha continues to enjoy painting traditional oils and watercolors in a representational style, and also some non-objectively.  Plein air painting is one of her favorite ways to paint, capturing the subtle color changes of the ever shifting light.


     Books Authored

Watercolor Batik; An Artist’s Guide to Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper, 2015

Watercolor Batik; An Artist’s Guide to Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper, 2015
As described by internationally renowned artist and educator Stephen Quiller:
“Watercolor Batik: An Artist’s Guide to Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper” is a book for the artist looking for a new and fresh approach to the watercolor medium. Martha Heppard takes the ancient form of batik in a contemporary direction using wax, watercolor and rice paper. The book is an informative guide that is easy to read with clear and logical steps in her demonstrations. This book will touch artists at all skill levels. The serious painter can take this approach, personalize it and take it their way with abstract, landscape, figurative or still-life subjects”