A professional plodder would be an apt description of Jim Martin's path to date. A bachelor in Science with a Marine Biology and Ecology, a fascination for natural building and permaculture projects, a passion for unorthodox rhythms and the luxury of a few years away from the regular 9 to 5 grind, have provided a very broad base of inspiration to draw from.
With no formal training, a lot of pieces tend to push the edges of balance and composition. Works tend to be focused on creating depth with shape and quick lines rather than focusing on and embellishing recognizable forms. Most pieces are spontaneous and aren't set out prior to the journey from the first, to the last stroke.
At such a tumultuous stage of human history, my few years of "searching" has made me realise the importance of slowing our lifestyles down. Painting has become one of my major outlets for this. Ideally, if art could help me shift my lifestyle, and in some small way help other people shift theirs, to something less detrimental to the fragile natural balance we are so reliant on, I'd be pretty chuffed.