My name is Anna-Maria Martin, I paint under the name Anna-Maria Dickinson.
I have not painted my whole life. I gave it up when my two children were quite young. They were my life and everything I did at that time was geared toward nurturing these two small beings that were placed in my care. Twenty-five years later - I was determined to be an artist and to encourage and cultivate the artist within - I knew I had the ability (after all I was born with a creative soul) and it was just the matter of trusting that creativity. Oil is my medium of choice. It is Anna-Maria friendly, and it forgives me.
A few highlights of my artistic career:
1. being a part of a juried show at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto for three consecutive years,
2. being a part of the annual juried show at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA.,
3. being a part of the Oracle Artists Studio Tour for the years 2013 and 2014 and having one of my paintings featured in the town tourism brochure,
4. being one of the artists chosen by the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games - Play Me I am Yours project.
My fellow artists say that I have a split personality, one foot in the hot, steamy Caribbean (my Caribbean pieces) and one in the cool North (my North American/Canadian pieces). Yes, I guess I have a split personality.
Through my Caribbean art I want you to absorb my love for the vibrancy, the rhythm and colour of the people and places of the islands, for the slow times when there is never any hurry to get anywhere and a feeling that there is always another day to get things done. My North American/ Canadian art depicts the beauty in the different seasons, the feeling of peace and quiet which is so much a part of where I am at this time in my life. I am passionate about each and every piece I paint and I hope you enjoy my view of the world.