Look at things differently and things begin to look different.
My name is Tom Martin. In 2007 I left corporate law practice after about 30 years and began sculpting. I have not looked back since. As of December 2014, I produced about 150 sculptures (including about a dozen commissioned works) and exhibited my work in several art shows in the Philadelphia area. Most of my work is metal sculpture, but I also work in polymer clay, stone and wood . . . and, as of 2012, I began to paint with oils and perhaps 3 dozen paintings to date.
Born in the winter of 1952, I am the youngest of four children. My mother was an elementary school teacher and my father a Presbyterian minister. I always watched my father design, build and create whatever was needed to make something work . . . and I learned from my mother to see the beauty in all things and all people. This experience, I am certain, is what inspires and motivates me.
I never had formal art training, but as a child I was always taking things apart so perhaps this began my study of form, structure and design. Most assuredly, my studies did not include reassembling what I took apart!
After graduating from Tufts University in 1974 and the University of Pittsburgh Law School in 1978, I began law practice in Washington, DC continued in Chicago IL and ended in Wilmington DE. Circumstances were such that I retired in 2007.
When sculpting, I TIG weld, arc weld, gas weld, anneal, forge, grind, machine, drill, carve, file, sand and polish to create the pieces you see here on my website. Sometimes I make my own tools for use on a particular sculpture. Most of my work is representational, but as the images reveal, my sculptures vary greatly in genre. I think I’d go mad if I had to work in only one medium, use a single technique or specialize in a specific style.
When I paint, I prefer oils to acrylics because I see the natural light, hues and tones in the oil more than I see it in the acrylics–but that’s probably just me. Also, I like the smell of oils as it reminds me of the linseed oil aroma I got whenever in my dad’s shop.
I am married and my wife, Sarah, is a writer and teaches yoga. Together we have three sons–Dan, Pete and Will–of whom we are immensely proud as they are our greatest creations.
If you look at things differently, things begin to look different. This phenomenon is a constant source of inspiration to me.