Martha Blake

I was born in Fort Bragg, California. As a small child my family then moved to Smartsville, California and we lived on the Bonanza Ranch. We eventually moved to Phoenix, Arizona and when I was eleven years old we moved to Carmel, California. Eventually, I moved to Southern California and raised my family.​ I moved to Oregon in the fall of 2009

I received my first camera when I was 18 as a graduation present. I enjoyed taking pictures of my children. It was in my early 20's when my family took a trip to the Grand Canyon that I discovered I ​truly ​enjoyed photography. So I eventually took photography courses through the New York Institute of Photography. Later, I took more photography courses at Orange Coast College and at Golden West College. In 1998 a friend and I started a Photo Club in Orange County. We named it the Photographic Society of Orange County also known as PSOC. We held monthly meetings and had monthly field trips with specific assignments. We always had a critiquer that helped me to improve on my photography. It was through this club that I really evolved as a photographer.​ T​he club started off with 24 members and now has about 170 members!​ ​ I might add that​ my brother, William Abbott, fine art photographer​,​ lived with me at the time and he also helped me grow as a photographer..


I have entered my photographs in the Orange County Fair and was awarded Best of Division and have received several first and second place ribbons in the fair. I have entered my work in several gallery shows in California. I also entered the Photographer's Forum contest and won Honorable Mention and second place which was published in their book.​ I have several photographs hanging in the Cancer Center in Redmond​, OR​. I had a showing of my work at the Faith, Hope and Charity Winery in Terrebonne​, OR​. I recently won Best of Show, first and second place at the Central Oregon Counsel on Aging photo contest.

I am now into my mid-seventies and always looking for another flower that calls my name.

Martha Blake