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Thomas Martin B. 1951
Thomas Martin
B. 1951
The Joy of Playin
Charcoal and pastel on paper
10 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches
Thomas Martin
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City
Ted is one of the greatest musicians/guitarists to ever come out of my home town. While posing for this picture he talked about his life, music, teachers/mentors and life on the road all while improvising on a 12 bar blues melody. The playing became an additional voice, a melodic storyteller and a passionate testimony to a life dedicated to music and artistry. It was truly a magical session and I am honored to have captured the moment.

Inspired by: "Tore Down" by Freddie King

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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