"I loved drawing and painting in my childhood and spent many hours lost in my own imagination. Many years later I discovered how wonderful art can be to calm the mind during stressful times. Painting is my passion – view my artwork.
I am a graduate of Liverpool John Moores University with a combined BA (Hons) in Visual Studies and Graphic Design with Marketing and I have worked in galleries, Higher Education and companies of all sizes. I have now gone full circle and concentrate on my art and freelance illustration work."
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.
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 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 is to him. Drawing and painting calmed his anxious mind and also gave Gary the energy and inspiration he had missed since childhood.
Gary set about developing his latent art skills with renewed enthusiasm. This has taken him to the present where he finds painting a mindful experience, getting lost in the moment, experimenting with art techniques and letting his work grow and develop naturally.