Marti Somers takes you into her world of whimsical canvases and playful narration as she explores the gragility 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 askesA 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 principle 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 ister, Robin Somers, co-founded Somersault Studios, a non-profit publishing venture to benefit the arts of Northern California. Much of her inspiration comes from living near the coast of Northern California, where she resides with her husband, Artem and dog Mischa in San Carlos, California.