Deborah Martin (b. Boston 1961) is a contemporary American painter based in Sky Valley, CA. A site-specific artist, her work eulogizes the abandoned habitats and domestic landscapes of small town America.
In her continued exploration of American landscapes, Martin has turned her attention to two landmark “saline” sites in the United States known for their distinctive inhabitants, nontraditional social ecology, and unique architecture: the Salton Sea and the Outer Cape area of Cape Cod.
Much of her practice emerges in collaborative conversation with writers and poets, taking form through exhibitions and publications.
She is recognized for several pivotal bodies of work: Home on the Strange: In Search of the Salton Sea (Salton Sea, CA), Narrow Lands (Provincetown, MA), Back of Beyond (Wonder Valley, CA) and America (US.)
A selection of Martin’s Narrow Lands paintings appear as illustrations in the book Building Provincetown (2015) written by New York Times Reporter David Dunlap. Her Polaroids and paintings appear in the book Home on the Strange: In Search of the Salton Sea a collaborative project written by Amy Sather Smith (2009.)
Martin is a recipient of the 2011 Orlowsky Freed Foundation Grant sponsored in part by the Lilian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM). Her work is included in PAAM’s permanent collection and has appeared in numerous publications including Art Ltd., Art Week LA, Provincetown Arts, Angeleno Magazine, Palm Springs Life, Blue Canvas, The Standard, AEQAI, and New American Paintings Magazine among others.
Martin received her BFA and BS Masters of Arts in Teaching, Art Education from The Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University.