John Scott Martin is a past president of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (the RBSA) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
After a long career in graphics, printing, photography and design management, he returned to his first love, painting, about fifteen years ago. Initially making images of Cornwall, particularly the mining districts of West Penwith. During this time he worked extensively with the National Trust, and also worked on underground mining imagery.
For the last fifteen years John has become increasingly interested in the sea, sail and ships. He is inspired by classic yachts and sailing barges, also encompassing craft of all shapes and sizes. Working from his own photgraphic imagery is a vital part of John's creative process. Living and painting in Warwickshire, about as far from the sea in England as you can get, photographic reference material is essential. Structure, texture and content determine his choice of media. John works in oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels and inks.
In addition to his paintings and drawings, John has produced a large range of mixed media linocuts on maritime subjects. John always tries to communicate his own personal impressions of light, atmosphere and weather when painting a specific event.