Don Martin Artist

if there is
anything
ugly in
this world
I would’ve seen it


These lines, a singular example garnered from Don Martin’s collection of notebooks and sketchbooks, describe succinctly the nature of the man and the artist. The creation of something beautiful, or as he would say, of “something to thank” was his motivation and destiny. Art making seemed to arise from his essential nature, as basic to him as clothing, food, and shelter.

Don was strong mystery and strong magic, not to be taken lightly. The ties that bound him to his art were powerful, sacred, and  impervious. He seemed to find the expression of art everywhere he looked in the world, because it was reflected so completely within him."


Helaine Glick, Independent Curator


(photo: Patzcuaro, Mexico, 1987)