Carolina Martinez
Artist and Elementary Educator



2014 - 2015

I worked on publishing my Japanese Internment book through I worked on painting family history paintings. I worked primarily in watercolor, with colored pencil and chalk pastel layers. I also wrote family history books focusing on the family of my father and of my mother, and compiled a body of poems and short stories about my mother's family.


2010 - 2014

I worked on publishing my Japanese Internment book through

From 2010 - 2014, I concentrated on: depicting animals from all over the world, teaching children how to draw without fear in weekly art classes since Fall 2010, trying out acrylic painting, painting with collaged illustrations, family tree art, printing lines of Jewish Holiday cards, and mixing acrylic painting with photographs. I have also created a king size quilt with a complex appliqued tree and birds. A passion during this time has been creating art for meaningful social justice topics: environmental protection for polar animals, and in 2010 -2011, I created the Portland Japanese Internment Project on Facebook, and finished the illustrated children's book that started it all.

New paintings

school victory garden

School Victory Garden, Portland Japanese Internment Project series

Check out my Facebook Link for this project:

Search for Portland Japanese Internment Project on Facebook

link to Portland Japanese Internment Project page on this website:

Portland Japanese Internment Project

Past Gallery showings

2009 DART school auction

I contributed a painting to the auction, and it sold!

tango embrace closeness



December 2008 Showing at DaVinci Arts Fair, Portland, Oregon

I sold many cards. My artist number was 139. The art fair ran Saturday December 6, 2008 and Sunday December 7, 2008. it was held at 10am - 4pm Saturday and noon - 6pm and Sunday, at DaVinci Arts Middle School, 2508 NE Everett, Portland Oregon 97232. Their website is:

show postcard


Onda Gallery Tango Show #2, Lake Oswego, Oregon

The show ran November 7 - November 30, 2008 at Onda Gallery, 220 A Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Their phone number is (503)496-3922. The show was advertised in the Portland Monthly magazine, November 2008 issue. The opening was filled with tango dancers, live tango music, and a delightful ambience throughout the gallery, which showcases many mediums of artwork, as well as hand-crafted work from Latin American artisans.

show postcard

show postcard, with my painting on it

partners in milonga

Partners in Milonga





me with the three paintings

Me with my three paintings

Onda Gallery

Onda Gallery


Do North Show 2008

I was in the 2008 Do North group show at Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center May 1 -24, 2008.
I exhibited these two paintings.
Japanese garden #2

Japanese Garden #2 in show

abstract tree

Abstract Tree in show


Onda Gallery Tango Show #1, Alberta Arts District, Portland, Oregon

I was in a group show January 31, 2008 - February 26, 2008. My painting Red Embrace, was sold. This was a great joy to me! The show was entitled Passion and Romance of Tango. It was at Onda Gallery World Art, 2215 NE Alberta Street, Portland OR 97211.
Here are some photos of the opening night:
me in front of my painting Top

Do North Show 2007

In March and April 2007, I exhibited in a group show, at Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center in North Portland, called "Do North."
IFCC me at IFCC sign me with paintings exhibited

Here's a little bit about me: