Martha Sando began painting at twelve when her mother brought home a full set of oil paints, an easel and panels for her to begin a lifelong creative journey.

She graduated from Illinois State University with a comprehensive studio art major and received her MAT from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.

Martha taught High School art in St. Louis, moved to Charlottesville, VA with her husband and taught at St. Anne’s Belfield while the same time working in Medical Art and Photography at the University of Virginia Hospital.

When she and her family moved to Indianapolis, Indiana she taught at Park Tudor School and North Central High School.

While teaching at North Central High School, she was one of six teachers chosen to participate in a 2002, Lilly China exchange partnership with Washington Township Schools. This afforded her the opportunity to teach and travel throughout China and experience its art and culture.

In 2007, Martha was awarded a Lilly Creative Renewal Grant. She traveled to Moscow and via the Volga River to St. Petersburg, Russia. Great works of art at the Pushkin, Tretyakov and Hermitage museums inspired her to reach beyond teaching.

Since 2010, Martha has embraced her painting career full-time, first with en plein air and since February 2019 she has returned passionately to her abstract genre.