1976 - ?

Vicki Martin

Victoria L. Martin, known as Vicki, had private art lessons whilst at school. She graduated with a BSc. in physiology then took a BVSc. in veterinary science at the University of Liverpool and began a PhD at Newmarket but in the early 90s, while travelling to learn laboratory techniques at the University of Guelph in Canada, encountered a medical illustrator and on her return to the UK took an 'A' level Art/Design course at Cambridge Regional College, creating scientific illustrations on computer. Science then recaptured her interest with a series of hospital-based positions including both Addenbrooke’s and Papworth in Cambridge and then a research position at Sanger Institute at Saffron Walden, Essex. Art still beckoned and in the 00s she began Chinese brush painting classes with Jane Evans (1946-2012) in Cambridge continuing to enjoy photography in gardens and the wildlife and nature near to her home of Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire. Chinese brush painting was a good fit for her oriental interests including trips to Hong Kong where some of her father’s family lived. She also took more scientific/medical illustration commissions including many illustrations for ‘The TOF Book', which she co-edited and designed. In Chinese brush painting landscapes, man appears only as a tiny part of a scene, taking his proper place in nature. The process of looking for, and finding, man’s appearance in paintings and with animals, common focus for her painting, creating dynamic, but simple images, using traditional black ink, colours, paper, and brushes. In 2017 she moved to Suffolk, the county home of her Ipswich born mother, and is a former member of Suffolk Open Studios from her studio at The Willows, Rectory Road, Whepstead, Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk.

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