16 Hickton Road
Please either phone or email Martin for an appointment to view his work.
Like many artists I only found time to devote to painting later on in life, turning to it seriously in 2007 after a long career in the Fire & Rescue Service.
I consider myself a traditional artist painting in a contemporary manner. Painting for me is a kind of private ecstasy, an intense & personal struggle to bring to life a world of accumulated memories & images. It’s often as exhausting as it is exhilarating but art is part of me and the process of mark-making acts as a balm, calming my soul like nothing else.
My motivation to create art is twofold. First of all it is an emotional response to light & its effects on colour and form, and secondly it derives partly from a love of language. Direct influences and inspiration for specific paintings often arise from images (or even words & phrases – especially from poetry) in current affairs and the world around me, especially if they strike a chord with my own past or trigger distant personal memories.
I try to use my sense of colour and love of form to raise the spirits. My abiding belief is that, like music, art can engender a greater sense of wellbeing – in observer and creator alike. I think at its best it can be a simple, joyful experience as well as a vehicle for exploring the human condition in a more profound way.