Martin Woodard draws inspiration from the panorama of the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as intimate details found along old back roads.  His oil paintings embrace shapes, colors, shadows, and compelling compositions to provide thoughtful interpretations of nature. Woodard grew up in Herndon, Virginia and has lived in Rappahannock County for over 45 years.  He and his wife, Cheri, operate Cheri Woodard Realty in Sperryville.


B.S. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, classes in abstract painting

Lord Fairfax Community College, classes in watercolor and oil

Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington, DC, Landscape Painting

27 years as Vice President of Creative and Art Director for catalog publishing company

“My work is inspired by nature but it is really about a philosophy of life.  I hope to express my belief in the beauty of nature, the goodness of man and the importance of self-awareness.  It is eliciting emotions like joy, sadness, loneliness, security, love or dignity that makes a painting sing with life.” - MW

 Selected Exhibitions

Artists of Rappahannock Studio and Gallery Tour

Art from the Heart

Vanishing Landscapes II, Middleburg, VA

Long View Gallery, Sperryville, VA

“Art at the Mill,” Millwood VA

Lord Fairfax Community College, Warrenton, VA

Blue Ridge Artisans, Sperryville, VA

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN