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Lucy Martin's greatest joy has always been exploring the natural world. Her attraction to the strangeness and mystery found in nature has led her to focus in recent years on the marvels of the kingdom of fungi. Lucy paints mushrooms as very much part of their environment, rather than as isolated specimens. The decaying leaves, acorns, fir cones and moss, the lichen and mossy stump, are as important as the mushrooms themselves in her compositions. She thinks of her paintings as small landscapes--glimpses of the forest floor.

She began painting mushrooms when she moved to the Santa Cruz mountains in 2006. The abundant winter rainfall and the great botanical diversity in this area makes it a wonderful place to find mushrooms. Many of her paintings are set in these mountains, but she has also found subjects for paintings in Mendocino, the Sierras, Washington state, the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and Pennsylvania. Now she lives in Sonoma County and hopes to travel more in coming years to discover new mushrooms.

Lucy Martin has been drawing and painting most of her life. She is largely self-taught, with occasion formal study. She studied gouache technique with the artist and illustrator Maryjo Koch, in Bonny Doon, California. She paints in gouache and watercolor, with occasional use of colored pencil. Lucy hopes to convey her deep love for nature, especially for what is often overlooked: those small, unexpected and delightful things we can discover when we look closely.

You can see Lucy Martin's work at the Sebastopol Gallery, 150 N. Main Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472 (707)829-7200, where she is a member, and at the Calabi Gallery, 456 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 (707)781-7070.


Previous Shows
Upcoming Events

Art Trails
Sonoma County Art Tour
October 10-12 and 17-18, 2015

Exhibit at Santa Cruz Museum of Art And History: “Wild Mushrooms: Functional Fungi”
November 6, 2015 - March 20, 2016
Opening Friday November 6, 2015: 5 - 9 PM

Solo Show - “Secrets of the Forest: Portraits of Wild Mushrooms”
Point Reyes National Seashore, Red Barn Exhibition
May - August 2015

Artists Inspired by the Natural World
Calabi Gallery
456 Tenth St., Santa Rosa CA
January - March 2015

Art Trails
Sonoma County Art Tour
October 11-12 and 18-19, 2014

Weird, Wild and Wonderful (Juried)
Second New York Botanical Garden Triennial Exhibition
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd. Bronx, New York
April 19 - September 21, 2014

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Open Studio Art Tour
May 31 - June 1 and June 7 - 8, 2014
Sonoma County, CA

16th Annual International Exhibition of the American Society of Botanical Artists (juried)
Horticultural Society of New York
September 20 - November 22 2013

Cultural Council of Santa Cruz
Open Studio Art Tour (Juried)
2009 - 2013
Home Studio, Felton, CA

Diversity in the Botanical World: Works by the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists
May - June 2013
Helen Crocker Russell Library of Botanical Art
Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Filoli 15th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition (juried)
April - June 2013

Solo show Emerging from the Underworld: Portraits of Wild Mushrooms
May - June 2013
The Bone Room Presents
1573 Solano Avenue, Berkeley CA

Kings Mountain Art Fair (juried)
September 1, 2 & 3, 2012

Secrets of the Forest: Portraits of Wild Mushrooms
An Exhibit of Paintings at the Helen Crocker Russell Botanical Library
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
January - April, 2012

Kings Mountain Art Fair (juried)
September 3,4 & 5 2011

Women Illustrating Nature (juried)
Galeria Tonantzin
San Juan Bautista
June - July 2011

Commission to do artwork for poster and t-shirt
for 2010 Mycological Society of San Francisco Fungus Fair



Solo Show, “Microcosms: A Closer Look at Mushrooms and Lichens,” Heron Gallery, Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA
May – August 2018

Solo Show at Helen Crocker Russell Botanical Library, “Looking Closely: the Hidden World of Mushrooms and Lichens,” Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
January –- April 2018

New Painting "Big Leaf Maple with Mushrooms" selected for the Third New York Botanical Garden Triennial Show, “Out of the Woods,” November 2017 - April 2018

Art Trails: Sonoma County Open Studio Art Tour.
October 14 – 15, 21 – 22.




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