About the Artist

martin-bioR. Martin Tomlinson (his first name is Robert but he rarely answers to it!) was born in Barnoldswick on the Yorkshire/Lancashire border in 1945. He moved with his family to the Lakes in his early teens and subsequently went on to study Fine Art at Lancaster. After a couple of years in London with a Rhythm and Blues Band, he returned to the Lake District and for a few years he taught at Brathay Hall Outward Bound Centre at the head of Windermere.  In 1971 he and his wife, Jo opened a Gallery in Ambleside which incorporated an Artists Supply shop and picture framing business.  Since the mid-eighties he has been a full time painter and works from his studio/home in Ambleside.

A Landscape painter in the traditional sense, Martin’s paintings convey an instinctive understanding  of light and it’s transient effect in the landscape.  “I try to give a feeling of presence in a landscape and establish a sense of ambience which goes beyond the periphery of a painting.  I suppose my paintings would probably be classed as impressionistic;  I always aim for a spontaneous approach and try to create the illusion of detail rather than the detail itself .” Although most of his work is based on the Cumbrian lakes and fells, he also likes to explore the British landscape in general and the more distant parts of Europe. There are occasional forays into North Africa and the Middle East where the banks of the Nile have been a particular source of inspiration.  His favourite location when away from the Lakes is probably the extraordinary city of Venice which he has visited many times over the years.

Martin’s work has been shown at the Royal Academy and the Frank Sabin Gallery in Piccadilly.  He has also exhibited with the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, The Pastel Society at the Mall Galleries in London, Provincial Galleries in Liverpool, Newcastle and more locally at the Abbott Hall Gallery in Kendal.  A former Vice-President, he is now an Honorary Life Member of the Lake Artists Society.

This website hopes to reflect the essence of Martin’s work through examples of his more recent paintings.  The sizes of individual paintings are shown excluding frame. Details regarding prices and framing preferences are available on request.

Should you wish to see more of Martin’s work he can always be contacted either by Email or phone and arrangements can be made for a meeting at his studio/home in Ambleside.