EXPLORING THE DREAMS OF SMALL TOWN TEXAS
March 6 – 31, 2018
West Gallery, Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan, Irving TX. Sponsored by the Irving Art Association
RECEPTION Sunday, March 11, 2-4pm
As I travel the highways and back roads of my home state, I’m delighted and inspired by what I see. I get glimpses of people’s dreams in the way they live, what they’re busy doing, and how they choose to go about being Texans. From the yard art they cherish to the rusty old pickups that take them back to the dreams of yesterday, their surroundings hint of their spirit. Their faces reflect hardship and hope, pride and playfulness, duty and dreams. Join me in exploring the dreams of small town Texas!
About the Artist:
Born in Lubbock, Texas, Jody is the daughter of the late Conny Martin, artist, and C.B. Martin, builder, photographer, and watercolorist. Always passionate about art, Jody never doubted that she would become an artist. She received her degree in art at Abilene Christian University, and went on to study painting under Daniel Greene of New York, Emily Guthrie Smith and Ruth Tears of Fort Worth. She values most the education she got from her mother, under whose tutelage, she learned classical drawing and contemporary design.
During the ‘90s Jody worked as a muralist and was a member of the Decorative Artisans’ Guild. She worked mostly with interior designers including Rutherford’s Design Studio of Dallas.
Her love of teaching led her to accept an opportunity with the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD where she taught art from 1999 to 2015. She loved helping her students learn to see the world through artists’ eyes, and she was passionate about teaching them to believe in themselves and to create from their hearts. She retired in June of 2015 and is now painting full time.
Jody works in different media, but prefers oils and pastels. Her subject matter varies as she attempts to capture the beauty of a moment or the soul beneath a face!
Current Associations: Pastel Society of America American Impressionist Society American Women Artists Outdoor Painters Society
Publications: Strokes of Genius 10: Inspiring Subjects, book to be published by North Light, November 2018 American Art Collector, February 2018, “Cityscapes Collector Focus” Better Homes and Gardens and Dallas Morning News
Selected Showings: Pastel Society of America Juried Membership Show in New York City, solo and trio exhibits in Lubbock and Irving, Texas.
Awards: She has won numerous awards and her paintings hang in many private collections. In the last year, “Wrapped In Dreams” won Best of Show in the annual juried membership show of the Austin Pastel Society, and Fav15 from th einternational Bold Brush online competition. Her painting “Other Teresa” won first place in the Central Texas Pastel Society Juried Exhibit and “Being Lincoln” was chosen for publication in the Artists Network competition in May.
Instruction: Jody teaches adult and children’s drawing and painting classes. For more information refer to her website: jodymartinstudio.com