Richly colored jazz paintings, bold and dynamic abstracts, cool and serene landscapes, peaceful and sometimes stormy seascapes, sunrise-sunsets, florals, and strange and odd combinations in vivid colors that just pop — these are some of the wide-ranging categories and subject matter presented by Martin in oils on canvas, acrylics on canvas, and watercolors on archival paper.
Having a varied career in Accounting, Linguistics, Music, and Financial Management, Martin was always interested in art, but only began painting seriously after he retired at age 65.
Martin is a graduate of Austin Peay State University (B.S. Business Administration), the Defense Language Institute (Chinese Mandarin) and Columbia Community College (Real Estate Management); he has also benefited from extended education at Austin Peay State University and through private instruction in water color, acrylic, and oil painting.
His career journey meandered through a stint in the Military in California and Maryland, many years in the Orient as a Chinese Mandarin linguist, many more years in the Washington, D.C. area as Operating Manager for a major corporation, and finally marriage at age 40 and permanent relocation to Tennessee as Vice President of a Financial Management company. All the while he pursued a music career with bands, in piano bars, and was a church organist for over 60 years. He is now retired and just plays bridge (a Bronze Life Master in the ACBL), paints, and enjoys life.
The Planters-Hilldale branch is located at 1971 Madison Street. The exhibit rotates the First Thursday of each month and is open to the public during regular bank hours: 8:30am-4:00pm, Monday-Thursday, and 8:30am-5:30pm, Friday. Both Martin’s original paintings, as well as smaller sized prints, will be for available for sale.