Martina Dyer grew up in a small German village, where she developed a love of nature and art. Her art plans were detoured by marriage, immigration to the United States, and a pursuit of a career in physiological psychology. After a move to Huntsville, Alabama, she became an artist full time.
In Huntsville, with its beautiful areas and many green spaces, Martina resumed her painting. She took classes and workshops at the Huntsville Art League, and the Museum of Art, but primarily, her teachers are the many fine art books and Internet sites available. An avid outdoors person, she often paints on site and gets many of her inspirations from running, biking, or hiking along the greenways and nature trails in the area.
Her paintings have been exhibited in several juried shows, and are part of private collections in the United States and Germany.
Martina was awarded signature membership by the Alabama Watercolor Society in the spring of 2013.
I explore how the world around me can be represented on a piece of flat paper. When I look about me, I see people, houses, landscapes, objects. When I paint, I have to think of shapes, lines, colors, lights and darks. When the painting is finished, it shows people, houses, landscapes, objects, but during the process I have learned again that ‘there is more to life than meets the eye.’
I paint in watercolor, a highly versatile medium. It lets me paint details in a meticulous realistic way, or it lets me drop color on wet paper with abandon, then paint layers upon layers of color.