"Wild Horses" 27 x 9 x 16 Colorado Alabaster White
Martin was born in Lebanon Oregon in 1955. It was here, at his grandparents cabin near sisters Oregon, that he made his first carving, an indian head from a piece of juniper out of the firewood pile. With a claw hammer and a carpenter’s chisel a dream was born. His family moved south in the mid 60's and finally settled in Gainesville, Florida.
He worked with his father in the family antique business. Through this exposure he studied the finely carved furniture and decorative art by restoring and carving missing pieces. In 1976, he studied woodcarving with famed Appalachian wood carver Jack Hall at the wonderful and still going strong John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. Never losing sight of his goal, he worked at his carving part time until 1979 when he apprenticed for wildlife artist Dan De Mendoza in Sanford, Florida. It wasn't until 1987 when Martin won his first major award, that he turned to art as a full time career. His carving of a life size bald eagle pulling a bass from the water, titled “Wind, Wings and Water", was presented by the Corporate Conservation Council to the headquarters of The National Wildlife Federation to celebrate the removal of the eagle from the endangered species list.
Martin's work ranges from a life sized figure of Mary for the Catholic Church to small humming birds and sea turtles. His carvings have a unique style of abstract shapes and forms and often capture motion with his use of line and mass. Martin now includes marble and alabaster as materials in his work. He has molded many of his carvings and offered them in limited edition bronze sculpture.
Martin is a member of the Society of Animal Artists and The National Sculpture Society.
1976 John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina
National Sculpture Society Annual Awards Exhibition 2004, 2012 ,2013, 2018
Sculpture In The South in Savannah, Georgia 2008-2010
Sculpture In The Park in Loveland, Colorado 1992-93, 1995-2010
Sculpture At River Market in Little Rock, Arkansas 2007-09
Plantation Pines Wildlife Art Festival in Thomasville, Georgia 1996-97, 1999, 2004
"Art And The Animal" Society Of Animal Artists in Parker, Colorado 2002
"Art And The Animal" Society Of Animal Artists in Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin 1999
Gallery Of Sporting Art, Genesee Country Village in Mumford, New York 1999
"Art And The Animal" Society Of Animal Artists at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida 1998
Society Of Animal Artists Exhibit at Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, New Jersey 1997
Birds In Art at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin 1988,1990-91,1993
Mary Martin Gallery I is located on 103 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401 843-723-0303
Mary Martin Gallery II is located on 122 Market Street in Charleston, SC 29401 843-640-3324
Mary Martin Galleries have been selected as the best galleries in South Carolina for nine years in a row and in the top 25 in the nation, Also, selected as the best gallery by several local publications.