Speak Out: Martin is a versatile artist
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Internationally known artist Larry K. Martin, surrounded by his art and African artifacts, recently made a presentation in Anniston. A native Alabamian, Martin had a career in tropical medicine research including field work in Colombia and Brazil. In 1976, he returned to Anniston and served as curator of the Anniston Museum of Natural History prior to publishing his wildlife paintings through the Wren’s Nest Gallery.

Diverse as an artist, Martin works in painting, drawing, three-dimensional works and low-reliefs to depict both wildlife and human subjects. He believes that variety keeps the creativity flowing.

Martin’s works have hung in both houses of the U.S. Congress, the Audubon Naturalist Society, the National Wildlife Foundation and in the collections of George H.W. Bush, Bob Hope, Gen. Colin Powell and others. His print editions have been used in fund-raising efforts for the Audubon Society and various other causes. His licensed images appear on hundreds of products and collectibles.

Martin presented visuals as he discussed seeing the world through the eyes of an artist. As he travels the world, Martin enjoys giving people pencil and paper and asking them to draw a picture. He finds that the more remote the people are, the more innocent the drawings are inasmuch as they are not trying to draw like someone else.

Martin’s photographs and art from Kenya, including elephant, zebra, antelope, cheetah, leopard, lion, impala, cape buffalo, warthog, giraffe and birds, captivated the audience. His intricately detailed works give viewers a glimpse of the beauty of nature through the artist’s eyes. Martin’s visuals include action shots such as a cheetah chasing an impala until a leopard chases the cheetah. Martin says a leopard is stunning to see and that every trip is unique. Martin feels he can never go to Africa too many times and that if you’re an artist, Africa is magical.

Penny J. Nielsen
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