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Craig Martin

 

I am very new at this “thing” called Art!! I have always had an urge, but never allowed myself the time to explore my more creative side. I dabbled in charcoals and pastels, but neither felt right in my hands.
I grew up in the country surrounded with bits and pieces of farm implements and car parts, and it wasn’t unusual to see my dad working in his barn/shop most evenings repairing or building something. My father grew up on a dairy, and he is very industrious and built most of our house. An old tractor sits out back that he built from scratch where numerous remains of unused, rusted and worn-out parts still lay. “We may need this again someday” seemed to be his favorite quip, and turns out he was right! Taking these old tractor/farm/implements/industrial/automotive parts and creating a work of art would not be possible without my dad.
Metal feels right in my hands, and the more rusty and weathered, the better! My goals is to preserve these vintage gears, harrows, chisels and weathered parts, and save them from the scrap yard by creating metal sculptures. The craftsmanship and original castings, used to produce these vintage parts is irreplaceable. Functionality is important to me, so my sculptures serve a dual purpose with the creation of the sculpture lamps using vintage rusty lanterns with a 20th Century twist.
I do not know what direction my art will take having scratched the surface with unlimited possibilities for my future. However, with the opportunity to display my work at River Rustic Gallery, I feel free to explore all of my ideas. God has blessed me with a gift, and I am humbled to have this opportunity too share my gift with you.

 

 

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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