Climbing the iconic steps that Sylvester Stallone would run in the future to train for his role in the film Rocky, I attended classes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and marveled at the incredible work of legendary artists that were displayed in the galleries. I took additional painting and drawing classes at the Moore Institute of Art where I received a scholarship for additional studies.
When I moved to Massachusetts in the early 70s, I had the opportunity to learn and develop my etching, collograph printing, painting and life drawing skills at the Decordova Museum School in Lincoln and also enrolled in painting classes at Northeastern University in Boston.
In the late 70s, I moved to Maryland. Shortly thereafter and unexpectedly, my inner singer (who knew?) emerged from the closet, and I put away my brushes and paints in order to embark on an amazing career in music. I had the pleasure of performing at many premier venues in the Mid-Atlantic region and even overseas. www.gailmarten.com/music
I also began a graphic design business, and continue to design websites and promotional materials for the music industry, non-profits and business clients. www.jazzpalette.com
When I began having vocal difficulties In 2017, I reluctantly decided to retire from singing (although I continue to write music and lyrics). I succumbed to an insistent creative urge to return to the visual arts and literally opened my closet to resurrect the art supplies languishing there—and purchased more. I began creating new works that will soon be scheduled for public exhibitions—and I am also offering my work online at Fine Art America. www.gail-marten.pixels.com
Fine Arts Education
DeCordova Museum School
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts
Long Beach Island, NJ
Moore Institute of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art