Gary Martin was born in the West Midlands and, as a child, would spend hours with pencils, pens or brushes in his hands, lost in the creation of his latest drawing or painting. He has always loved art.
Gary is not sure where his artistic nature comes from – his dad could draw technical engineering blueprints and he remembers his mum was pleased with a cartoon donkey she drew when he was a child. Neither parent claimed to know of any artistic talent in their families.
After studying Art and Design, Gary moved to the wonderful city of Liverpool to become a student at Liverpool John Moore’s University. He gained a combined BA (Hons) in Graphic Design, Visual Studies and Marketing. During this time he sold artwork in a group student exhibition and volunteered at the Bluecoat Gallery.
Gary grew to love Liverpool but struggled to find work and moved to London to become a Graphic Designer. After a few years, he missed the North West and, with a small amount of money saved, moved to Chester looking for work. The idea of being an artist at this point seemed impossible and Gary continued with a career in Design for over a decade.
Events over the next few years made Gary examine his life and realise how important art was to him. Drawing and painting helped him through some tough life experiences and gave Gary the energy and desire to pursue his artistic dreams.
After an intensive time developing his latent art skills with renewed enthusiasm he has successfully built a freelance illustration career and worked on numerous art commissions for both landscapes and portraiture. Influenced by Impressionism, he finds painting a mindful experience, experimenting with art techniques and letting his work grow and develop naturally.
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