And the Winners Are...

This year in our annual cover contest we had more than 430 entries, highlighting some really exceptional artistic talent. Choosing wasn’t easy, but now we are pleased to introduce our winner and the 12 finalists (in no particular order).



GREG MARTIN'S PIECE caught our attention right away; the whimsy and sense of freedom it evoked seemed a perfect match for a Marin Magazine cover, and when we put the masthead on it and noticed that one of the figures was playfully interacting with our logo, we knew we had our 2012 contest winner.

"It is set on a road heading out to Tomales,” says Martin, a San Anselmo resident and native Marinite. “I liked the look of this field; it kind of looks like the High Plains."

Martin, who has been painting since he was a child, notes his fine art pieces usually feature a bit of offbeat realism. "I always throw in something a little bohemian, something a little off . I was looking at this scene for a while and then it popped into my head: two women walking on wires."

When Martin discovers a scene like this, he first May 2012 Cover Winnersketches it and then brings that sketch home to continue building out the image. After that, the process of transferring it to a painting begins. "I work in layers," he explains. "For this I started with the sky, then added the clouds, then the background of grass, then the pole, then the wires, the girls and the truck; finally I added the grass in front."

Martin has been featured in solo and group shows all across the country in places like the Cohen Rese Gallery in San Francisco, the Oakland Museum of California, the San Diego Museum of Art and Agora Gallery in New York City. This month, you can see more of his work at Gallery Bergelli in Larkspur, May 5–30, and meet him at an artist’s reception on May 11, 6–8 p.m.

 

 

 

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