Encouragement of art in buckinghamshire

Karen Martin

“One of the most exciting ways of creating art is taking risks” “Art is a journey, not a destination.” These were some of thought provoking statements I heard shortly after I signed on at Amersham and Wycombe College Art college. I had been working as a midwife and a change in direction was going to be an interesting prospect. I went on to study mixed media, life drawing, printmaking and the history of art and soon I found myself addicted and enjoyed the excitement of the unexpected results that occurred when I let go and relaxed into the subject of making art.

My work is influenced by artists such as Tress, Kiefer, and artists that have explored the landscape in interesting ways. Found materials, collage and alternative methods of working has a great attraction, as well as sketching and painting landscapes on a regular basis. I have also been finding new ways to explore still life as well as life drawing. Abstracting and drawing on nature gives me huge inspiration, and the use of photography on location helps with detail. I also regularly attend a printing studio and enjoy developing new methods of producing work in print form. I recently exhibited at the Literary and Scientific Institute in Highgate with a group of printmakers who explored the writing of John Betjamin’s Metroland.

I was delighted to be selected for the Royal Acadamy Summer Exhibition 2019., and was also selected for Dulwich Picture Gallery – Open Exhibition in 2014 , and I exhibit locally on a regular basis, including Off the Wall at Bucks County Museum, and Bucks Art Weeks and have exhibited mixed media at various other locations.