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Thomas Martin B. 1951
Thomas Martin
B. 1951
NYC Blues Legend
Charcoal and pastel on paper
10 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches
Thomas Martin
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City
Clarence Spady is a living legend. He describes his talents as “a gift.”

His innate ability to construct, interpret and convey a story through music, creating sophisticated arrangements using rhythm and blues, soul, jazz, funk, rock and country, is masterful.
Clarence Spady is more than a musician and I regarded as an artist by his peers, fans and critics, alike.

Clarence Spady is a W.C. Handy Award nominee for best Blues Artist of the Year and is on the list of the Top 100 Most Gifted Guitarist You Should Know. His title song from his first album “Nature of the Beast” was chosen one of the top 100 blues songs of all time by Blues Review on the list with “The Thrill is Gone” and “Dust My Broom.” He was recognized as Best Contemporary Blues Artist of the Year for his second album “Just between Us.” He has received France’s Blues Trophy for “Best New International Blues Artist of the Year. He has been declared “the future of the blues” by Bill Dahl of the Chicago Tribune and has been inducted into the NYC Blues Hall of fame.

My family moved to an isolated area when I was a boy and I began drawing to pass the time. My parents took notice and enrolled me in lessons at the local YMCA with Caroline Williams. I received formal training in basic shapes/color and composition. My next teacher, Alice Welsh Jenkins became my mentor. She provided instruction in pastels, watercolors and oils. Alice encouraged me to apply to art schools but I was not ready for any commitment at that time. Instead, I earned a BA in English, followed by a multitude of jobs and then I found my calling in human services at United Cerebral Palsy.  I returned to college and earned a BS in Occupational Therapy. I married, (just celebrated our 25th anniversary) raised two children and worked as a licensed occupational therapist at Danville State hospital for 25 years and retired in June 2011. 

I saw an exhibition of the True Form Studio at Main Street Galleries and was amazed at the level of talent and precision in the art. I enrolled in the studio. Master teacher Joel Carson Jones challenges my seeing and expands my technique to a level of refinement that I once believed was beyond my capabilities. 
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