Martin was born in 1941 in the Cotswolds. He studied Fine Art Painting at Gloucestershire College of Art and obtained a post-graduate teaching qualification at Hornsey College of Art, London.
After initially teaching in schools, he moved to the Midlands to take up a post as an art lecturer in a Nottingham college. Whilst there he exhibited paintings and prints, often of urban subjects, at venues in the Midlands and North of England.
Martin moved with his family to the Conwy Valley in North Wales in 1984. Now a full-time painter, his subject matter is mostly, though not exclusively, the wild and beautiful landscapes of Snowdonia. Other themes include coastal Pembrokeshire and Anglesey, Ireland and occasionally further afield. His work is in many private collections throughout the UK, Europe and the US and since showing with the Martin Tinney Gallery he has proved to be one of our most popular artists, his atmospheric, textural paintings increasingly sought after by lovers of wild and unspoilt places.
He says of his work: ‘Inspiration for a painting can spring from a moment’s glance, a vivid memory, or can grow from long familiarity with a subject. But however this ‘germination’ occurs, transforming an idea into a properly resolved painting can be difficult and unpredictable if it is to retain freshness of colour, a sensitive use of materials and aesthetic integrity’.