March 2021 Guest Artist - Acrylic Realism by Susan Martin

March 2 - 26,   A solo exhibit of Acrylic Realism by Susan Martin.  

     Susan Martin was raised in South Texas.  Pursuing a life-long love of art, she studied art at the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art. Realizing that she wanted to share her interest through teaching, Martin continued with coursework in Art Education.  A significant part of her educational experience was the opportunity to study photography and composition under the eminent photographer Russell Lee, best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Working in black and white with the emphasis on composition, lighting, and texture had a lasting influence on her work.      

     Upon completing their studies, Susan and her husband Patrick moved to Florida where she began exhibiting her work, as well as teaching art in the public school system.  Through her experience as an educator, Martin became involved in art education advocacy efforts in her community, serving as the President of Arts for Elementary Education when it addressed the issue of certified art teachers for the elementary curriculum.  She also served two years as President of the Artist’s Forum at the Brevard Museum of Art and Science, and has served on a number of community boards and committees relating to the arts.

      Working primarily in acrylics on canvas, Martin builds intensity and depth of color through the use of many overlapping layers of thinned paint.  She explores the compositions occurring in ordinary subject matter, in the patterns and textures revealed by strong light and close examination of the commonplace.  From vegetation to reflected patterns in store windows and shiny surfaces, whether natural or manmade, these close-cropped images omit the background, encouraging the viewer to look more carefully at familiar subjects, and to view the composition for its abstract qualities. 

     Susan’s paintings are exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the state in competitive and invitational settings.  She is a founding member of Ten Women in Art, whose exhibitions have been presented across the state of Florida for twenty-five years. Martin’s work has been purchased for a number of collections, including Southern Progress Corporation, Chugai-Upjohn, Sterling Drugs, and McGraw-Hill.

Susan Martin now lives and works in her home on Merritt Island, Florida.

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