Each painting is an expression of an unspoken truth. The subject of a painting may be anything from a pile of ordinary stones, a bundle of fruit, a nude woman, a line of trees or an abstract celebration of red color. Red trees, passionate and energetic, are a favorite subject. Every painting has to pass some final tests or suffer the fate of being wiped out. The tests include questions about composition and balance and, just as importantly, they include questions about texture and energy. Sherman believes that every painting should be as interesting from 6 inches away as from 6 feet away. At close inspection , the viewer is often astounded by the cracks, fissures, lines, musical notes and hidden messages. Finally , every painting has to pass the test of the question “soul or no soul”. The answer is often hard to explain, but it is essential that the painting speak to the soul of the artist and the viewer.
"Red Tree" 40 x 30 Mixed Media on Canvas
"Inlet" 48 X 60 Acrylic on Canvas
"Emergence" 30 X 24 Mixed Media on Canvas
"Undergrowth" 48 x 36
"Wetlands Gold" 36 x 34 Mixed Media on Canvas
"Manifestation" 48 x 40 Mixed Media on Board
"Wilkerson Grove Aspens" 48 x 48 Acrylic on Canvas
Mary Martin has collections of art showing at the Andell Inn - Kiawah Island, Bella Grace, the Harbour Club, The Vendue, Holy City Brewery, Amish Furniture, and other venues. Mary Martin Galleries have been selected as the best galleries in South Carolina for eleven years in a row and in the top 20 galleries in the nation, Also, selected as the best gallery by several local publications.