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BIOGRAPHY

Anna Martin is part Spanish and British. She initiated her career at Chelsea School of Art and graduated with a BA in Graphic Design from Parsons School of Design New York. She went to work in Madrid in publishing and advertising for a few years before returning to London where she continued to work as freelance graphic designer for many of the mainstream editorial publishers. After a few years she ventured into the field of personal development and performance coaching acquiring a Master NLP certificate and International Coaching Certificate. An integral part of her career has been as a facilitator of small group workshops and coaching in the fields of communications, health and well-being and creativity. At this time her own passion for fine art was awoken and for the last 15 years she has been pursing her own art as well as being a tutor and artist in residence for small and medium creative holiday organisers. She currently purses her passion for painting in Cheltenham UK where she lives with her husband and combining this with running painting holidays in Turkey, Spain, Greece and the UK. She visits Spain a lot as she is involved in the running of a family hotel in Murcia.

Anna is mostly described as an expressionist painter. She derives her influence from the language and vibrancy of the impressionists and abstract expressionists. At times drawn to more abstract compositions with a mute colour palette and at others boldly expressing discordant colour harmonies. She is very influenced by music and as a pianist she says of her work. ‘ My art is a vehicle to transform the world into dazzling colour and rhythm and offers a lens through which the world is viewed as a myriad of colour and instant emotion .” She works unconsciously to allow gestural movements and rhythm to guide her painting. Music and movement fuse to direct the rhythm of her brushwork in a rapid momentum to create and evoke a sense of place in her art. Her colour harmonies like music resonate at a deeper level and carry a momentum regardless of the subject. Her semi abstract paintings provoke an emotional experience rather than carrying a narrative. For Anna art is transformational and with her background of applied psychology Anna uses art as a form of mindfulness which activates new neural pathways both in the painter and the viewer. She also likes to capture movement and convey this energy through subjects such as horses or dancers and conveys the energy of a fleeting moment as though seen through the eyes of the subject.

CV

<p>92-94 Designer, Elle Decoration, Madrid.<br /> Senior Graphic Designer at Elle Decoration magazine.<br /> 96-2002 Graphic Designer with Contract publishers & Magazine Editorials, Redwood, Publicis, London<br /> Freelance senior Graphic Designer creating various new contract publishing editorial concepts and implementing design.<br /> 2000- 2006 NLP Academy, London <br /> Assisted and delivered various seminars. I also delivered some one on coaching to individuals.<br /> 2002-2006 Development Organisations, Isbourne Foundation, Cheltenham,  Fitness  First, Madrid.  Organisations in health & wellbeing in the Cotswolds. <br /> Assisted and delivered seminars on health and wellbeing, motivation. communication skills and goal setting. I also delivered one on one Performance Coaching for private individuals addressing including fitness, motivation, stress managements and goal setting.<br /> 2006-2007 Teacher, Kensington & Chelsea College, London<br /> Part time teaching in the Adult Education sector. I delivered a NOCN Pre-Access Presentation Skills course, LOCN, NLP course for humanities. Adult Ed, Intermediate NLP for Personal Development.<br /> 2005-2012 Web Designer, Alternotion Ltd<br /> Developed websites for local SMEs in the Cotwolds and Bristol<br /> 2005-2015 Art Tutor with Paint Andalucia, Malaga, Spain<br /> I created and delivered various painting holiday programmes which I facilitated with groups of a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 12. I delivered on average 6-8 holiday a year in Torrox, Nerja and the Grazalema region. I also created a walking and sketching programme during a recce for potential holidays in Cuba and Malaga.<br /> 2008-ongoing Art workshops and Art Demonstrations<br /> I am currently offering small group art workshops based in my family hotel in the Mar Menor region of Murcia<br /> 2015 -present Art Tutor with Creative Getaways, Kalkan Turkey and Malaga, Spain<br /> Creating and delivering ongoing painting holidays in various media which I facilitate with groups of a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 12 on average four times a year in the Kalkan region, Turkey and the Malaga region, Spain.<br /> 2015 -present Family hotel business, Murcia, Spain<br /> Ongoing part time role as executor of family hotel in Murcia, Southern Spain.<br /> 2019 -present Art Leader with HF Holidays, UK<br /> I am currently an art leader for special interest art UK based holidays. I have to date delivered an Intermediate Pen and Ink holiday and an Introduction to water-based oils. I will be also be running rambles with a sketchbook.</p> <p>Exhibitions<br /> 1987-88<br /> Brian Cosby Fine Art – Cheltenham – 2013<br /> Chelsea Library, London – Joint Exhibition – 2013<br /> Brent Artists Resource, London, –  2010<br /> Brent Artists Resource, London, – 2009<br /> Cultural Centre in Frigiliana, 2011<br /> Spitalfields, London, – 2010<br /> Open studios, Cheltenham –  2010<br /> Hadfield Fine Art, Andoversford  – 2009<br /> Gardens Gallery, Cheltenham  – 2008<br /> Spitalfields Arts Market – 2008<br /> Rivers Gallery, Nailsworth,<br /> Isbourne Centre, cheltenham, 2006<br /> Ongoing Exhibitions<br /> Various locations in Spain,<br /> Hotel el Andalus,  Torrox Andalucia,<br /> Hotel Ribera, San Javier, Murcia,<br /> Casa Bouganvillea, San Jose, Almeria<br /> Commissions<br /> Murals, Middle Eastern Restaurant Liverpool – 2008<br /> Qualification / training<br /> 1987-88 Art Foundation Course, Chelsea School of Art, London<br /> 1988-89   BA Hons (1st Year) London College of Printing, London<br /> 1989-92   BA Hons Communication Design, Parsons School of Design, New York<br /> 2001 – 2002 Diploma in Coaching, Newcastle College<br /> 2005 -2006 International NLP Coaching Certification, Dr John Grinder, Barcelona<br /> 2002- 2005 Level 1 Certificate In adult Education, Kensington & Chelsea College</p> <p>Training<br /> NLP Master Practitioner and other applied NLP courses, NLP Academy, London, 2000-2005<br /> NLP Certification Series, The Hero’s Journey, Vision into Action, London. 2001-2002<br /> Online Creativity Coaching Course by Eric Maisel, 2004<br /> Abstract Art course, Adult Education, The Brewery Arts Centre, Cirencester, 2005-2006<br /> Summer Art Course, Marcos Amoros, Murcia, 2007<br /> Summer Abstract Art Course, Marco Amoros, 2010<br /> Lansdown Art classes, Lansdown Art studios, Cheltenham, 2000<br /> Summer Abstract Art Workshop, at private studio, London, 2012, 2013<br /> Life drawing classes at various venues such as the Mall Galleries, London, 2016-present<br /> Urban Sketching and meet ups in various cities. 2016-present<br /> Language exchange in Italian and French, present</p>

STATEMENT

Anna is mostly described as an expressionist painter. She derives her influence from the language and vibrancy of the impressionists and abstract expressionists. At times drawn to more abstract compositions with a mute colour palette and at others boldly expressing discordant colour harmonies. She is very influenced by music and as a pianist she says of her work. ‘ My art is a vehicle to transform the world into dazzling colour and rhythm and offers a lens through which the world is viewed as a myriad of colour and instant emotion .” She works unconsciously to allow gestural movements and rhythm to guide her painting. Music and movement fuse to direct the rhythm of her brushwork in a rapid momentum to create and evoke a sense of place in her art. Her colour harmonies like music resonate at a deeper level and carry a momentum regardless of the subject. Her semi abstract paintings provoke an emotional experience rather than carrying a narrative. For Anna art is transformational and with her background of applied psychology Anna uses art as a form of mindfulness which activates new neural pathways both in the painter and the viewer. She also likes to capture movement and convey this energy through subjects such as horses or dancers and conveys the energy of a fleeting moment as though seen through the eyes of the subject.