Aug. 15, 1940 – Nov. 29, 2012
Margaret M. Martin, a local watercolor artist who maintained a studio on Elmwood Avenue in Allentown for many years, died Thursday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. She was 72.
Born in Buffalo, she was a 1958 graduate of Buffalo Seminary and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Boston University, after which she worked as a graphic designer and advertising art director at the Manhardt Alexander Advertising Agency in New Jersey. Eventually, she made painting her full-time vocation and moved into a studio occupied by her father. The show window of her Elmwood Avenue art studio has been noted for its depiction of three-dimensional, vibrantly colored floral designs that are reminiscent of her intensely vibrant and colorful, still-life floral paintings.
Many of Ms. Martin’s paintings were inspired by her passion for gardening. In 1999, she authored an instruction book, “No More Wishy Washy Watercolor.” Some of her paintings were also featured in the Junior League cookbook, “Great Lake Effects.” Another one of her paintings, “Urban Tapestry,” appeared in a set design that was featured in the 2003 Universal Studios film “Bruce Almighty,” starring Jim Carrey.
Ms. Martin was the recipient of many national awards, and she was an invited guest instructor for many North American watercolor seminars. She gave her most recent series of courses in Vancouver, British Columbia, and in LaTrobe, Pa., from which she had returned only a couple of weeks before her death.
She was a founding member of the Niagara Frontier Water Color Society, as well as signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the Midwest Watercolor Society and Knickerbocker Artists USA, among others. Many of her works are included in corporate, public and private collections including the Taiwan Art Institute Museum.
A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Friday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.