The Watercolor Gallery of Laguna Beach

Lu Martin


     Born in 1941 in Manchester, New Hampshire, Lucille Martin was inspired at a very early age by the joyful moments spent with her father as he drew pictures with her.  Besides art, Lu grew passionate for science and teaching.  After graduating Notre Dame College (Manchester, NH), she decided to teach at the third grade level.  She thoroughly enjoyed teaching because of her love for children and he ability to utilize her artistic talents.  After leaving her classroom to raise her family she began painting more seriously.  She studied extensively under renowned artists Oscar Durand of Manchester and Helen Van Wyk of Rockport, Massachusetts.  She progressed quickly and soon became known throughout New England for her old world, chiaroscuro style still-life paintings.  Lu Martin has been very active as art educator, lecturer, promoter, consultant and juror.  She has held positions as Fine Arts Chair for the New Hampshire Commission for the Arts and the Manchester Commission for the Arts.  She was President of the Manchester Artists' Association and President and Founder of The Art Group of New Hamphire.  She established the Art in Prison program in New Hampshire which brought art instruction and materials to inmates.
     Martin's art association affiliations are many, including The American Artist Professional League, New York,  the Copley Society of Boston and the Boston Visual Artist's Union.  She has exhibited at the Currier Art Museum and the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences in Manchester,NH.  Throughout her career, Lu has exhibited in over fifteen art galleries as well as numerous group shows, mostly in New England.

      Lu Martin and family moved to Southern California in 1984.   Lu's life revolves around art.  Her passion is for painting the still-life, though she occasionally paints landscape, seascape and abstract paintings.  Lu paints from the heart, in the style of Romantic Realism...