Margaret M. Martin (1940-2012), Buffalo Harbor, 1976; watercolor on paper, 9 7/8 x 13 3/8 inches (Frame: 17 3/4 x 21 1/4 inches); Gift of Clifford and Harriet Vogelsang, 1991
Remembering Watercolor Artist Margaret M. Martin
Friday, November 30, 2012
Remembering Margaret Martin:
Margaret M. Martin first became known for her watercolor paintings of Buffalo’s waterfront that captured the romanticism of ships and grain elevators that defined the city’s significance in the 19th and early 20th centuries. As her career advanced, her paintings became more detailed. She was particularly admired for her civic pride, finding the beauty in landmark buildings and common gardens. She was one of the founders of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, a prominent member of the Buffalo Society of Artists, a member of the American Watercolor Society and The Women’s Group, an organization of accomplished women representing all professions. Head of Collections Nancy Weekly posted this comment on the Buffalo Society of Artist’s Facebook page after learning of her passing today (Nov. 30, 2012): “Margaret was a charming woman—open, sharing, radiant in her joy of watercolor, vibrant color, gardens. She will be missed.”
-Nancy Weekly, Head of Collections, the Charles Cary Rumsey curator
Passing of Margaret M. Martin by Buffalo Rising. Read the article at www.buffalorising.com.
Renowned Buffalo watercolor artist Margaret M. Martin has passed away. Margaret's studio was located on Elmwood Avenue in Allentown, identified by its vibrant floral shop windows, reminiscent of the colors she used in her works - the obscure little storefront boasted one of the area's top artistic talents. Martin was a figurehead in the Buffalo arts community.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Margaret M. Martin, a vibrant person and an exceptional watercolor artist who touched many people both locally and across the country. She was a long-time member of the Buffalo Society of Artists and one of the founders of the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society locally. - Buffalo Society of Artists
Margaret M. Martin::
Margaret Martin A.W.S., N.W.S.
Born in Buffalo, NY, Margaret resides and maintains a studio in Buffalo. She is a Boston University graduate, B.F.A., and the recipient of many national awards. A former graphic designer and advertising art director, she is presently a full-time painter as well as an invited guest instructor for North American watercolor seminars.
She also juries national and regional exhibitions and is the author of No More Wishy-Washy Watercolor, published by North Light Books. Margaret is a signature member of American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Midwest Watercolor Society, Knickerbocker Artists USA, among others.
Many of her works are included in corporate, public and private collections including the Taiwan Art Institute Museum and Universal Studios featured her "Urban Tapestry" painting in their "Bruce Almighty" movie.
Listed in Who's Who in American Art, her work has been included in numerous books and publications including: Watercolor, Spring 2004, Splash 1 & 2, Watercolor Magic, 1996, The Best of Floral Painting by North Light Books, and numerous books by Rockport Publishers.