Chas Martin - Paintings, Sculptures, Art Classes

Watercolors, acrylic paintings, sculptures and art classes

Chas Martin

Artist's Bio

Chas Martin’s career spans 40 years of visual communication. After studies at Pratt Institute in New York City, he spn10 yeas as an art director/creative for Boston and San Francisco ad agencies. By night, beyond the reach of clients and compromises, he began painting to keep his sanity. Experiences directing still photography and video honed his sense of perception, perspective and emotion. His work is work is still concept driven.

In 1980 he pursued painting full time, averaging an oil a day for nine months. He moved on to dimensional work, exploring sculpture, collage and box art. Martin was accepted as a member and frequently showed his work through the Marin Society of Artists as well as several San Francisco area galleries.

Martin moved to Hood River, Oregon in 1981 and applied his talent to carving wood for several years. A Portland resident since 1998, he works daily from his Multnomah Village studio where he mentors others and leads workshops on a painting, sculpture and creative processes. He is a former instructor at Boston Art Institute, San Francisco Academy of Art College, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Northwest Academy and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

Juried Shows

Eggers Gallery “Forest Show” - Renton, WA – 2017
Columbia Center for the Arts “Day of the Dead” - Hood River, OR - 2016
Portland’5   “Fire on the Water Dragon Boat Art Show” – Portland, OR 2016
Portland Open Studios, Portland, OR – 2014, 2015, 2017
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts “Artist’s Vision” – Lake Oswego, OR – 2015
Coos Art Museum “Expressions West 2015” - Coos Bay, OR – 2015
Columbia Center for the Arts “Rain” – Hood River, OR - 2015
Gresham Art Committee “Annual Show” – 2015
Portland City Hall “Nature in the City” – Portland, OR - 2014
Maryhill Museum “Wine Label Art”, Goldendale, WA - 1987
Marylhurst Art Gym, Lake Oswego, OR - 1985
Columbia Art Gallery “Art of Fishing” Hood River, OR - 1984
Marin Society of Artists, Larkspur, CA - 1979-1981
Guilty Bystander Gallery, San Anselmo, CA - 1980
Will Stone Gallery, San Francisco

Solo Shows
Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR - 2017
Vine Art, Cathedral Ridge Winery, Hood River, OR – 2016

Group Shows
DGT Alumni Show, Gallery House (Pratt Institute), Brooklyn, NY - 2016
Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts Open Show – Lake Oswego, OR - 2015
U.S. Bank, Portland, OR - 2013
Columbia Art Gallery, Hood River, OR - 1979-1986  
Blue Sky Gallery, Ashland, OR - 1981
Marin County Library, Fairfax CA - 1980
Guilty Bystander Gallery, San Anselmo, CA - 1979

Related Activities
Managing Editor, Portland Open Studios Tour Guide, Portland, OR - 199 2017
Curator, “The Hero’s Journey” show, Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR – 2017
Recipient, Professional Development Grant, Regional Arts & Culture Council – 2016
Contributor, Professional Artist Magazine - "How to Use Ritual to Find Your Creative Zone," Dec 2015  
Instructor, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, OR - 2009
Instructor, Northwest Academy, Portland, OR - 1998 – 2000  
Instructor, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR - 1996-1997  
Instructor, San Francisco Academy of Art College, San Francisco - 1979-1980  
Instructor, Boston Art Institute, Boston MA - 1974-1976