MEET  MARTIN

A Visual Journey

Martin was born in Lebanon Oregon in 1955. It was here, at his grandparents cabin near sisters Oregon, that he made his first carving, an indian head from a piece of juniper out of the firewood pile. With a claw hammer and a carpenters chisel a dream was born. His family moved south in the mid 60's and finally settled in Gainesville, Florida.
He worked with his father in the family antique business. Through this exposure he studied the finely carved furniture and decorative art by restoring and carving missing pieces. In 1976, he studied woodcarving with famed Appalachian wood carver Jack Hall at the wonderful and still going strong John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. Never losing sight of his goal, he worked at his carving part time until 1979 when he apprenticed for wildlife artist Dan De Mendoza in Sanford, Florida.  It wasn't until 1987 when Martin won his first major award, that he turned to art as a full time career. His carving of a life size bald eagle pulling a bass from the water, titled " Wind, Wings and Water", was presented by the Corporate Conservation Council to the headquarters of The National Wildlife Federation to celebrate the removal of the eagle from the endangered species list.
Martin's work ranges from a life sized figure of Mary for the Catholic Church to small humming birds and sea turtles. His carvings have a unique style of abstract shapes and forms and often capture motion with his use of line and mass. Martin now includes marble and alabaster as materials in his work. He has molded many of his carvings and offered them in limited edition bronze sculpture.
Martin is a member of the Society of Animal Artists and The National Sculpture Society.

 

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Education

1976 John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina

Exhibitions 

National Sculpture Society Annual Awards Exhibition  2004, 2012 ,2013, 2018

Florida Contemporary in Naples, Florida 2010

Southeastern Wildlife Expo. 1989-93, 1995-2010, 2018

Sculpture In The South in Savannah, Georgia  2008-2010

Sculpture In The Park in Loveland, Colorado 1992-93, 1995-2010

Sculpture At River Market in Little Rock, Arkansas  2007-09 

Plantation Pines Wildlife Art Festival in Thomasville, Georgia 1996-97, 1999, 2004

"Art And The Animal" Society Of Animal Artists in Parker, Colorado  2002

"Art And The Animal" Society Of Animal Artists in Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin 1999

Gallery Of Sporting Art, Genesee Country Village in Mumford, New York 1999

"Art And The Animal" Society Of Animal Artists at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida 1998

Society Of Animal Artists Exhibit at Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, New Jersey 1997

Birds In Art at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin 1988,1990-91,1993

 

AWARDS

  • 1987  Ward Foundation World Championship in Ocean City, Maryland

  • 1988 California Open in San Diego California, 1st place

  • 1989 Masters Class in St. Cloud, Minnesota, 1st place

  • 1990  Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, 2nd place Wood Sculpture

  • 1991 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, 1st place Wood Sculpture

  • 1995 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, 1st place Wood Sculpture

  • 1995 Ormond Beach Sculpture Show in Ormond Beach, Florida, 1st place

  • 2013 National Sculpture Society Pat Munson Award

  • 2018 85th Annual National Sculpture Society Awards Exhibition, Roller Award

COLLECTIONS

1987 Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland, "Snowny Essence", carved mahogany egret and gator            
1993 Liegh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, John and Alice Forester Miniature Collection , "Shadow Stalker", bronze egret
1994 Queen Of Peace Catholic Church in Gainesville, Florida, life size statue of Mary, carved Honduran Mahogany
1995 Ormond Beach City Hall, Ormond Beach, Florida, "Awaiting The Sun",  Cherry Kestrel pair
1995 National Wildlife Federation in Washington D.C., "Wind, Wings And Water", Black Walnut life size Bald Eagle and Bass
2004 Benson Park Sculpture Garden in Loveland, Colorado, "Mayan Wind", life size flying Macaw Parrot bronze 1/9
2005 Fountain Hills Sculpture Garden in Fountain Hills,  Arizona, "Mayan Wind", flying Macaw Parrot  bronze 2/9

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