Traditional perspective: If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there? Chas Martin’s perspective: When you know where you’re going, you miss everything else along the way. The journey is everything. The destination is merely an excuse for going. These sketches and paintings document a journey. It may be personal. It may be universal. It doesn’t matter. It’s a series of lessons.
Martin is a former instructor at Boston Art Institute, San Francisco Academy of Art College, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Northwest Academy, and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. He continues to mentor students and deliver workshops. Martin is one of 106 artists featured in this year’s Portland Open Studios Tour, October 10, 11, 17 & 18. (portlandopenstudios.com).
Artist Statement: I have evolved from realistic landscapes to the inner space, the wilderness of my imagination. In the past year, I have returned to the themes and concepts I was exploring 30 years ago: perception, time/space, consciousness, and spirituality. There are no boundaries here – only threads of continuity from one painting to the next. I enjoy plein air painting for the excitement and humility of trying to capture the moment. In my studio, sketches and photos are recomposed from my imagination. Each painting is a step through a garden of forking paths. Every image invites and challenges me into new space, new ideas, and new possibilities.
Studio visits by appointment. Commissions welcome. Contact: Chas@ChasMartin.com