Jeffrey Martin’s Artist’s Statement

“Since I paint realistic pictures, I have always been intrigued by the way light plays across an object to give it a sense of volume and form. I love the challenge of trying to create a convincing three-dimensional image on a two dimensional surface. I strive to show the temperature, the time of day, and the very essence of the person or the place I am painting by the way I juxtapose warm and cool colors, and hard and soft and lost and found edges. It is not a question of just copying a photograph or a sketch. I try to interpret my reference material so that a feeling is conveyed that invokes a memory of a time when life seemed to be a bit more slow and simple. I strive for a timeless quality in my subject matter so that the scene could be a moment captured from the 19th, 20th, or 21st century. I look forward to working with you.”

- Jeff Martin


Jeffrey Martin is passionate about painting portraits and pastel landscapes that come alive on the canvas.

Martin’s awards and distinctions are vast including:

  • One of 19 winners, Artists Magazine International Portrait Contest
  • Recipient of Zoller Scholarship from Penn State University
  • Elected a MASTER PASTELLIST by the Pastel Society of America
  • Participated in National Touring exhibition of 20th Century American Realists
  • Article on Portrait Painting published in American Artist Magazine
  • Article reprinted in Portrait Highlights Magazine

Jeffrey Martin attended Susquehanna University, graduating with a BA in English Education. He then attended art school in New York City at the Art Students League of New York and continued his education at Penn State University where he earned an MFA in Painting and Drawing. Mr. Martin taught art classes at Susquehanna University from 1989 - 1992 and again from 2001 - 2006. From time to time, he teaches art workshops throughout Central Pennsylvania. In addition to painting portraits and pastel landscapes, Mr. Martin currently teaches two interesting and unique classes at Susquehanna University: Cult Films and The History of Horror Films. Mr. Martin enjoys baseball, golf, playing the guitar, and reading suspense and mystery novels.

“Thank you for doing such a superb job on my portrait. Everyone who sees it agrees that it is the best of all the portraits in this congress.”

Bill Clinger

Pennsylvania House of Representatives