March 13, 2013

Maria Coryell-Martin

Coryell-Martin has a unique way of working that allows her to travel, paint, and educate (really, what could be better?!). Self-described as an expeditionary artist, Coryell-Martin works both in the studio and in the field. She collaborates with scientists and focuses her art on environmental issues and the natural landscape.

Since 2005, Coryell-Martin’s work has focused on the arctic region, a place suffering acutely from climate change. Her watercolors are as frigid as the ice burgs they represent, while her migrating terns invoke the freedom that only soaring high above the land and ocean from the north pole to the south can.

In many ways, Coryell-Martin works like a naturalist. She travels to a study site, she observes her subject, she records what she experiences through multimedia recordings and field sketches, and then she reports and presents her findings to a larger audience through exhibitions of her work and educational workshops.

More specifically than a naturalist ilk, Coryell-Martin’s work is about science. Her work is about scientific research, representing the people who do science and the tools used in research. The scientific process comes to life through her art, there for the viewer, and/or the reader of her blog to learn about, and experience. This artistic focus on the act of doing science sets her apart in an important way from other “nature” artists who also paint beautiful landscapes and wildlife. Coryell-Martin is advocating for the climate. She is an activist raising awareness about environmental issues and the scientists that are studying them to work towards a better understanding of threats and solutions for a healthy future.

Maria Coryell-Martin working in the field. I can't imagine a better office!

Her field kit. 

Following the Light: Dusk
24" x 24" 
watercolor & gouache