Gayle Martin

Artist Statement

I always said that if I had to put a painting to words, then the painting failed. That says a lot about why I paint. There is an emotional element to a painting that must be successfully expressed. That communication is my driving motivation. It could be the way light hits on a certain subject that strikes a chord in my soul, or the subject itself. Once sounded, that chord must be set forth. So, I strive to improve my skills and reach inside to draw those emotions out through my brushes and use of colors. I know I will never learn everything there is to know about painting, but I will continue my journey knowing there is no destination—just beautiful stops along the way that get better as I go.


1992  University of Southern California, Los Angeles
1976  Laguna Beach School of Art, Laguna Beach, CA
1970  Atlanta College of Art, GA


Gayle Martin is a Los Angeles-based artist who has been working and showing her paintings and drawings in Southern California for over 30 years. She has worked in various media such as lithography, etching, papermaking and sculpture, as well as pencil drawings and painting in acrylics, watercolors and oils.

Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Laguna Beach, CA; Santa Ana, CA and the Sales and Rental Gallery at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Martin had a one woman show in Quito, Ecuador in 1976. She was commissioned by Mind’s Eye Studio in Los Angeles, CA during the 1980s to execute a series of public area artworks of handmade paper, serigraphs and paintings.

Martin currently works and sells her paintings from her studio in Los Angeles.

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