Martha Schlitt grew up in Washington, DC. She received a BA in American Studies from Barnard College then studied painting and worked at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York City. She moved to Chicago and completed the Post-Baccalaureate program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was awarded a fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she received an MFA in Studio Art.
After living and working in San Francisco for 17 years, Martha relocated with her husband and two children to Portland, Oregon.
She has exhibited nationally, received numerous juror's awards, is a recipient of an ArtCouncil grant and was nominated for a Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation. She currently works at Reed College.