Artist Statement — Mary Martin


Inspired by the beauty of seasonal changes in the landscape, and the moment-to-moment variations in the sea and sky, I am compelled to covey the emotions they evoke in me as an expression of praise and gratitude to the Creator of All.  Choosing a scripture that illustrates nature praising God is often the starting point of a painting or collage.

The chosen scripture is handwritten on small strips of paper and placed in water. Using a layering process that begins by saturating a sheet of watercolor paper with the blessed water, light washes of fluid acrylic paint are brushed across the paper. Strips of plastic wrap, torn pieces of wax paper and rice paper, and cuttings of cotton gauze are laid on the paper.  Each of these elements is painted in turn with deeper washes of color.  Just before they dry, the pieces are removed, revealing layers of texture beneath.

Searching through the layers, I see objects that tell the story of the scripture take form.  I work to highlight the objects by painting around them or by adding collage elements, enticing the viewer to peer into the layers, looking for a glimpse of the scripture and emotion that inspired the art work.

 

 


Mary Martin
96 Bal Harbour Dr.  ~  St. Louis, MO 63146  ~  314.249.6178
www.marymartinartstudio.com  ~  mary@marymartinartstudio.com

 

Exhibitions

2015        The Word Made Flesh: Reflections on the Human Form
                    Gateway House of Prayer Gallery, St. Louis, MO

 

2014        Who Is God? Exhibit 2
                   
Museum Contempo, Olympia, WA

                 Solo Exhibition – Pathways of Peace: A Visual Journey through Scriptures of Peace
                    Gateway House of Prayer Gallery, St. Louis, MO

 

2013        Who is God? Exhibit 1
                    Museum Contempo, Olympia, WA

 

2012        What Makes Your Soul Sing?
                    Union Avenue Christian Church, St. Louis, MO

 

Private Commissions

2015        Kathleen Reznikov, St. Louis, MO

 

2014        David and Christine Hester, St. Louis, MO

                 Ronald and Catherine Reuther, St. Louis, MO

 

Collections

           Museum Contempo, Olympia, WA

 

Bibliography

2015        "Who Is God Anthology," G.D.P. Studios

2014        "Who is God Volume IV," G.D.P. Studios

2013        "Who is God Volume III," G.D.P. Studios

 

Workshops

2015        Hand Painted Papers Using Monoprinting Techniques, Gateway House of Prayer
                    St. Louis, MO, April 11 and 18

                Hand Painted Papers Using Monoprinting Techniques, Mary Martin Art Studio
                    St. Louis, MO, April 19

                Hand Painted Papers Using Monoprinting Techniques, Mary Martin Art Studio
                    St. Louis, MO, March 14

 

2014       Marbling Technique, Gateway House of Prayer
                    St. Louis, MO, June 14

                Creating Visual Texture, Gateway House of Prayer
                    St. Louis, MO, March 15

 

2013       Creating With Collage, Gateway House of Prayer
                    St. Louis, MO, June 14

 

Education

2014       Acrylic Painting Workshop: Abstract Painting, Instructor: Pattie Ann Hale
                    Black Mountain, NC, September 25

                Acrylic Painting Workshop: Acquiring Skill for Expression, Instructor: Pattie Ann Hale
                    Gatlinburg, TN, April 24

 

2013       Paper Paintings Collage Workshop, Instructor: Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson
                    Springfield, MO, October 4-6

 

2012       Collage III Workshop, Instructor: Shirley Nachtrieb
                    St. Peters, MO, Weekly October 15-November 26

                Collage II Workshop, Instructor: Shirley Nachtrieb
                    St. Peters, MO, Weekly May 7-June 18

                Collage I Workshop, Instructor: Shirley Nachtrieb
                    St. Peters, MO, Weekly March 12-April 16

 

2011       Discover Your Creative Roots Workshop, Instructor: Mary Todd Beam
                    Gatlinburg, TN, September 25-October 1

 

2005-     Private Lessons, Instructor: Shirley Nachtrieb
2011            Fenton, MO, Bi-weekly

 

Affiliations

                2015        Art St. Louis

              2014        Greater St. Louis Artists Association

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