Martha Rast was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN in spite of her intolerance to cold weather. She was fortunate to attend both The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she studied for her BFA in Painting and Drawing, and her professional certificate in Art Education. Martha has taught art in Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Paul (public and private) to ages preschool to grandparent, and loves teaching workshops when she has the chance. She continues to work as a fine artist in oil paints, encaustic, and assemblage and shows her work in a variety of Minneapolis and St. Paul venues, as well as Arizona and the Southwest. She is inspired by her children and the wonder of nature around her.