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Marty Martinez

At a young age, Marty Martinez started drawing as a means of escaping challenges at home. He currently works out of Greenhouse Studios in South San Francisco, utilizing mediums such as watercolor, oil, acrylic, pen and ink, and color pencil. Symbols of his Pueblo Indian heritage appear in much of his work. “It seems diamond shapes and animal shapes surface at any given time when I’m drawing,” Martinez says. His uncle, an artist who was injured by a hatch cover while serving aboard the U.S.S. Sabalo, a Navy submarine, during World War II, has also influenced his art.

Hands on Freedom

9 x 12 x 2 in.


Martinez painted this image of four hands -- including one prosthetic – holding the corners of an American flag as a modern interpretation of war injuries. “This is my tribute to the injured soldier and all who serve, past and present,” he says.