Climbing the iconic steps where Sylvester Stallone would train in the future for his role in the film Rocky, I attended classes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and marveled at the phenomenal work of legendary artists 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, 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 and embarked on a long and amazing career in music. I have had the pleasure of recording and performing with world-class musicians at premier venues in the Mid-Atlantic region and abroad. 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
In 2017, I began having vocal difficulties and reluctantly decided to retire from singing (although I continue to write music and lyrics). I succumbed to an increasingly insistent urge to return to the creation of visual art and literally opened my closet to resurrect the supplies languishing there—and purchased even more. I began producing new works and in 2022 was invited to exhibit at regional art spaces: VisArts, Charles County Arts Alliance, Coalescence and Highlandtown Art Gallery. Future exhibits are in the planning stages.
My archival museum-quality art prints may be ordered at: www.gail-marten.pixels.com
Fine Arts Education
DeCordova Museum School, Lincoln, MA
Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts, Long Beach Island, NJ
Moore Institute of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA