"Digging Clams" orig. oil on board --SOLD---
My Inspiration...Martin Driscoll, master artist (1939-2011)
"After a successful business career and raising my family, I returned to art full time in the 1990s teaching painting, giving art demonstrations, and selling original work. But, from about 1992 to 1997, while I painted many paintings and many portraits, I felt somehow not as connected to my work as I wished."
"In 1997, I went to visit my cousins in Ireland. I had been to Ireland many times in the past, but this trip changed me utterly. Memories of my youth, my folks, relatives, the singing and the stories washed over me. I wanted
others to share my memories of Ireland, and the wonderful Irish culture, that I fear will be lost. So I hold onto it in my paintings."
"All of my paintings of Ireland, be it a cityscape, landscape, or seascape have people in them.
Its those people that I want to capture and remember."
"I want people who see my paintings to feel that there is a story that they are witnessing. I love stories and if I were a gifted writer, I would tell stories. I am not a gifted writer, so I tell the story, the best way that I can. I could tell people about why I painted particular paintings, but I somehow feel that I want the person who is looking at a work of mine, to see his or her version of the story.
Who knows, maybe their story is a better
one than mine?"
For me, a successful painting is one that stands on its own visual merits. It requires no verbal explanation or justification. The image reflects an understanding of composition, shape, relationships, and color that is inherently obvious. The skill of the artists brush is evident in every stroke. And, the passion that went into creating the work is captured on the canvas and emanates to the viewer. This is what I am drawn to as an art enthusiast and what I strive for as a painter. Martin Driscoll, Master Painter (1939-2011) "There came a point in my life when I knew I could paint, but had to give thought to what did I want to paint? This led me to examine my life and remember the joy I had in hearing the tales of Ireland from my relatives, especially my mom. I loved the Irish music and dancing and most especially the Irish people. With the world rapidly changing, I wanted to hold on to some of the memories, so I devoted myself to painting things Irish. --"I hope you enjoy viewing my work as much as I enjoy painting it."--MartinMartin Driscoll began drawing as a youth in New York City. In the early 1960s, after serving in the Air Force, he returned to New York and enrolled in the Art Students League. He studied under Frank Reilly, a renowned teacher who developed a systematic use of the color palette that continues to serve as a foundation for fine art instruction. Reillys classes became a cornerstone in the development of Martins style.In the years that followed his studies, Martin balanced a career in the airline industry, raising a family, and developing as an artist. He intermittently exhibited at outdoor shows in New York, selling his original paintings and drawings, and accepting numerous portrait commissions. In the mid-1990s he returned to art full time teaching painting, giving art demonstrations, and selling his original work.In early 2000, he opened the Driscoll Art Studio, a working studio and gallery aboard the Queen Mary. In his studio/gallery, Driscolls pastoral scenes of rural Irish life have received particular attention and accolades from collectors and fellow artists alike. Martin exhibited these Irish themed paintings at ArtExpo 2004 and 2005, and his orginal work nearly sold out.
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||Some of the most interesting figure studies feature people who are deeply involved in some type of work, and this one is no exception. It's an engaging image that makes the viewer want to lean down close and see what the man is doing! 9/5/2012
||I love it , nice one . 10/10/2011
||Wonderful, wet and fresh work ... so in touch with the subject. 6/16/2011