Martin was born in Neath in South Wales in 1963. A completely self-taught painter, he takes his inspiration from the dramatic coastline and landscape of his native land. Although beginning as a watercolour painter he has, in recent years, discovered the dramatic possibilities of working in oils with a palette knife.
Martin has been strongly influenced by painters such as Charles Wyatt Warren, Gwilym Prichard and Sir Kyffin Williams both in terms of technique and subject matter, his preferred inspiration being the landscape of Snowdonia, Anglesey and the dramatic Pembrokeshire coastline.
Martin exhibits across Wales and London and has been involved in numerous joint exhibitions since he embarked on a full-time painting career in early 2012.