America Martin's art exhibit at the Wally Workman gallery displays her talent
at capturing what inspires her.
For example, the painting "Two horns and a tuba" showcases her deep
appreciation for music - and for listening to it live, as she did in Austin
the first weekend in May.
The Los Angeles-based artist was in town to promote her solo show at the
gallery, running through May 26, and she decided to stop by the Elephant
Room to enjoy some jazz.
She brought her sketch book and also managed to take a couple of photographs
of the saxophone player, even though he was constantly in motion.
This blend of art with real-life events - traveling to places and talking to
people - is part of Martin's creative process, which she said helps her
"I want to be taught by everyone who knows something I don't," Martin said.
Her art has progressed and changed over the years, from the time at age 9 when
she first realized, after seeing a Vincent van Gogh piece at an art show,
that she wanted to be an artist "forever and ever and ever."
After that epiphany, she was tutored by an art professor until she turned 18.
Then, she studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Her work
has exhibited in cities across the U.S.
What is most distinctive about her art as a painter is her bold use of lines
and burst of color, a style invoking that of Henri Matisse, who she said is
one of her inspirations for his use of lines.
She noted that she has many inspirations for her work, including a Mexican
sculptor, Alejandro Santiago, who created life-sized sculptures of every
person in his small hometown who had left to find work and better
"I like to travel and find artists in the area who blow my socks off. Santiago
blew my socks off, and they're still off," Martin said.
This show is her third at the Wally Workman gallery, which is currently
showing off the work of 55 artists in a two-story space. Martin said there
are plans to have another show at this time next year.
America Martin: Solo Show
When: Through May 26; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays