Name: Becky Martin
Style: Abstract, Contemporary
I love to draw and paint! I really enjoy new challenges and embrace learning new techniques. Presently, I am working on several commissioned paintings. I strive to make my buyers happy and want them to purchase more paintings form me in the future. My ultimate
hope is that the buyers enjoy the painting in their home or office for the rest of their lives.
B. Martin thrives on creativity. She has studied numerous art techniques and is especially fond of the ancient Japanese method of fish printing known as Gyotaku.
As a contemporary abstract artist, she works primarily with acrylics and foils on large-scale canvases. Through her unique method of layering, various qualities of luminous light, vivid color and energy are unveiled. Unafraid of strong color she submerges emotionally into the painting process. The final artwork brings energy to the viewer.
B. Martin is an East Texas-based artist that lives in the Tyler area. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
Artist Interview: Becky Martin
What are your earliest memories related to art?
My mother use to try keep me busy when I was very young. She would take a sheet of paper and draw row after row of circles on it. It was my job to fill in each circle with a face and hair. I have a few copies of those sheets in my art memory box.
How and when did you start becoming an artist yourself?
I was a young artist and can remember sitting at the East Texas Fair doing an art demonstration with pastels. I was in grade school…maybe fourth grade.
What was the evolution like toward finding your current voice and visual vocabulary?
Acrylic paints were the catalyst that threw me into painting. The colors and the quick drying time were so different than the smells and drying time of oils.
What is your process like?
The Gyotaku process is very involved in the preparation of the fish. I often freeze the uncleaned fish and then when ready, thaw a bit, arrange the fins with a fixative, close up all of the body openings, cover the eye and then paint back to front with an ink. I print the fish on silk and mistakes can be very pricey.
Is there anything from your artist statement that you wish to expound on, that you normally don’t have the chance to discuss?
I love to do every type of art I enjoy watercolors, oil, ink, acrylic …any or all and I love to embellish with gold leaf.
What do you try to control in your surfaces, and what do you leave to chance?
I often leave the background somewhat to chance, if the subject is very detailed and totally grabs the eye.
Where do you see your work going from here?
I hope people treasure my art forever and that it lives on way beyond my years.