Martin certainly does not have what people imagine being the background of a typical artist. His childhood was based in the Black Country but his teenage years were spent in the wilds of Canada.
Adult life involved him in a variety of occupations ranging from serving with the Royal engineers to teaching primary school. He reckons that the latter very rewarding years were often considerably tougher than being a soldier. Whatever his work, Martin was always dabbling in art but it is only now in his later years that he has been able to afford the leisure in which to develop his love of painting and ceramics.
His exhibited paintings have found their way to all corners of the British Isles as well as France, Canada and the USA.
Martin gained most pleasure and contentment from working with clay producing handcrafted items which vary from practical tableware to unique chess sets. These sets which are impressive to display have rather weighted pieces providing tremendous satisfaction as a player makes a considered move.