Martha Jean Hollenbach was born in Kentucky, USA. Her parents encouraged her in the visual arts when she was in grade school and middle school.
She received a scholarship to the Art Center Association of the University of Louisville, attending classes evenings and all-day Saturdays. She studied under Nelle Peterson, Lucy Diecks, Mary Spencer Nay and Connie Clark Willis.
After high school, she was accepted as a student at the Parson’s School of Design in advertising while simultaneously attending the Art Students League “Life Drawing” classes in the evenings.
She returned to Louisville to marry Karl F. Hollenbach. They have three children and four grandchildren.
In 1977, Martha and her husband moved to her family farm in Meade County, Kentucky. The 140 acres farm has been in her family for over 150 years. She conducted art classes for grade school boys and girls as well as young women in her art studio built in a corner of the farm.
Martha J. is a member of the Kentucky Watercolor Society, showing twice in the annual Aqueous Art Show, and is a member of the Central Kentucky Art Guild, where she was Artist of the Year in 2008. She has served as judge in local art shows as well as for the Meade County Fair.
Today, she continues to paint and show in watercolor, oils, acrylic, wall hangings and block printing. She was instrumental in forming the Brandenburg Group, four women artists who met once a month for two decades. The group has expanded its membership and still meets monthly in the Meade County Public Library. She contributes artwork for the books her husband writes.