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. m St. Louis, MO 63146 m 314.249.6178

www.marymartinartstudio.com m mary@marymartinartstudio.com

 

Exhibitions

 

2019      A Tryst on Cherokee, Ruby Francis, St. Louis, MO

            150: A Visual Meditation on the Psalms, Good Shepherd Arts Center, Ferguson, MO

2018      Solo Exhibition:Art of Mary Martin, St. Peters United Church of Christ, Ferguson, MO

            Children of Abraham for Peace and Justice,Good Shepherd Arts Center, Ferguson, MO

            Going Coastal, St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, St. Peters, MO

            Solo Exhibition-Gardens of Grace, Gretchen Brigham Gallery at Union Ave Christian Church, St. Louis, MO

             Piece of Paper, St. Louis Artist Guild, St. Louis, MO

             CelestialUniverse, St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, St. Peters, MO

2017      Who Is God? International Exhibit #5, Museum Contempo, Shelton, WA

             Many Mini – OA Gallery, Kirkwood, MO

              Solo ExhibitionHow Can I Keep from Singing? Good Shepherd Gallery, Ferguson, MO

               Confluence of Expression: Floral & Botanical Exhibit, ConfluenceArtGallery.com and Green Door art gallery,

               Webster Groves, MO             

             Art Exhibit at City Hall/ Chesterfield, Chesterfield City Hall, Chesterfield, MO

                MySLArt 33February,Old Orchard Gallery, Webster Groves, MO

2016       Art at Des Peres Hospital, Des Peres Hospital with Art Saint Louis, St. Louis, MO

Who Is God? International Exhibit #4, Museum Contempo, Shelton, WA

Music to My Eyes, Green Door Art Gallery, Webster Groves, M

Born in Prayer: Art Created in the Place of Prayer, Gateway House of Prayer Art Gallery,

St. Louis, MO

 Dual Exhibition– Heaven and Nature Sing, with photographer Dave Adams, Stevens: The Institute of Business & Arts,

St. Louis MO

Asian Fusion, Museum Contempo, Shelton, WA

Driven to Abstraction, Soulard Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2015      

Who Is God? International Exhibit #3, Museum Contempo, Shelton, WA

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

2014      

Who Is God? International Exhibit #2, Museum Contempo, Shelton, WA

                Solo Exhibition– Pathways of Peace: A Visual Journey through Scriptures of Peace

                Gateway House of Prayer Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2013       Who is God? International Exhibit #1, Museum Contempo, Shelton, WA

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

 

Awards/Honors

 

2018       3rd Place Mixed Media Category, Going Coastal, St. Peters Cultural Arts Center, St. Peters, MO

                1st Place Mixed Media Category, Celestial Universe, St. Peters Cultural Arts Center, St. Peters, MO

                3rd Place Mixed Media Category, Celestial Universe, St. Peters Cultural Arts Center, St. Peters, MO

2017       Honorable Mention, Confluence of Expression: Floral & Botanical Exhibit, ConfluenceArtGallery.com                                                                    

Private Commissions

 

2018       Donna Griffin, St. Louis MO

                Katrina Bellem, Prairie Village, KS

                Michelle Roberts, St. Louis, MO

                Patricia Dawson, St. Louis, MO

2017       Sandy Sublett, Cedar Rapids, IA

2016       Sandy Parres, St. Louis, MO

2015       Kathleen Reznikov, St. Louis, MO

2014       David and Christine Hester, St. Louis, MO

                Ronald and Catherine Reuther, St. Louis, MO

 

Collections

Museum Contempo, Shelton, WA

 

Bibliography

 

2016       Who Is God? Creations, Editor B. J. Clausen

2015       Who Is God? The Collection, Editor Robert Ellison

2014       Who is God? Volume IV, GDP Studios

2013       Who is God? Volume III, GDP Studios

 

Workshops

 

2019       Monoprinting with Gel Printing Plate, Green Door art gallery

                St. Louis MO February 23

Monoprinting with Gel Printing Plate, Manchester Parks, Recreation & Arts,

Manchester MO, February 9

2018       Monoprinting with Gel Printing Plate, Green Door art gallery

               St. Louis, MO, April 28

 Monoprinting with Gel Printing Plate, Green Door art gallery,

St. Louis, MO,  March 17

Monoprinting with Gel Printing Plate, Green Door art gallery

 St. Louis, MO, February 3

Hand Painted Papers using Monoprinting Techniques, St. Louis Art Museum

2015

For St. Louis Public School Visual Arts Teachers Professional Development Day

St. Louis, MO, August 11

 Hand Painted Papers using Monoprinting Techniques, Gateway House of Prayer Arts Program

 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 Arts Program

  St. Louis, MO, June 14

                 Creating Visual Texture, Gateway House of Prayer Arts Program

  St. Louis, MO, March 15

2013       Creating With Collage, Gateway House of Prayer Arts Program

 St. Louis, MO, June 14

 

Education

 

2019       Repurposed Paper and Board Handmade Book, Instructor: Luke Firle

                St. Louis, MO February 19

2018        Play Book Journal Making, Instructor: Amy Smith

                 Black Mountain, NC, October 12

                 Letters to My Soul: Intuitive Painting:  Cheyenne Trunell and Molly Courcele

                 Black Mountain, NC, October 11

                 Wildland Creatures, Exploring Stenciling, Instructor: Roxanne Evans Stout,

                Chesterfield, MO, May 6

                Cupcake Casting of Handmade Papers Workshop, Instructor: Lois Jacobs

                Chesterfield, MO, January 27

2017       Connections in Cloth Workshop, Instructor: Lorie Hancock McCown

                Black Mountain, NC, September 14-16

2016       Chinese Brush Painting Workshop, Instructor: Ping Yan, St. Louis, MO June 18

2015       Mixed Media Cold Wax Painting Workshop, Instructor: Mayra Pankow

                Black Mountain, NC September 10

                Mark Making and the Painted Collage Workshop, Instructor: Crystal Neubauer

                Kansas City, MO June 6-7

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

2005-2011

                 Private Instruction, Instructor: Shirley Nachtrieb

                 Fenton, MO, bimonthly

 

Gallery Affiliations

 

Green Door Art Gallery, Webster Groves, MO

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                

Affiliations

 

2019       Art Saint Louis

                Best of Missouri Hands

                St. Louis Artists Guild

                Society of Layerists in Multimedia

2018       Art Saint Louis

                Best of Missouri Hands

                St. Louis Artists Guild

                Society of Layerists in Multimedia

2017       Art Saint Louis

                Best of Missouri Hands

2016       Art Saint Louis

2015       Art Saint Louis

2014       Greater St. Louis Art Association

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