Martin Poole

Martin Poole loves the naturally peaceful, open world, usually filled with light and emptied of people. He also loves the stories of people, himself included, who are struggling with their lives—a slightly darker vision. “The tough part seems to be figuring out how to develop and use our skills without obscuring our genuine response.” Martin’s response is divided. Central to his love of painting is his conviction that the commonplace really is very moving. “Everything around us has its own life,” he says. “Our world is full of lives; some are bold, most are not, but everything has its own history, its own secrets, and its own beauty. I am trying to quiet down and pay attention to that, and then paint.”