Martinuik works as a painter, printmaker, sculptor
and poet. She began her visual art career as a fibre-artist,
using the tapestry medium to reflect archetypes
and elements of landscape. In 1983, she enrolled
in 3D at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design,
where she studied with Al MacWilliams, learned to
weld, and discovered printmaking.
Martinuik's artwork has been exhibited over the
past thirty years in both group and solo shows all
over British Columbia (Vancouver, Richmond, the
Fraser Valley, Courtenay, Denman Island, Wells),
in South Africa, and in New Zealand. Her prints
and paintings are in private collections in Japan,
New Zealand, France, and Canada. Her poetry and
experimental prose has appeared in literary journals
such as Island and The Capilano Review, and in the
anthology Kitchen Talk. In 1989, she was awarded
a Canada Council grant, for an experimental fiction
project that dealt in part with narrative structure.
Martinuik was born in northern Alberta; she grew
up in B.C.'s Peace River district, and later in
the Fraser Valley. She has been based on Denman
Island since 1980, when she bought a piece of raw
land and built the studio cottage where she now
lives and works. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts
from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, a B.A.
in English from the University of British Columbia,
and an Education diploma from Simon Fraser University.
Since 1990, she has been working as a technical
writer in the industrial and high-tech sectors.