Pat McNabb Martin



Master of Fine Arts in Painting, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL.


William Merrill Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA.
Contemporary Fine Art, La Jolla, CA.
Jag Art, San Diego, CA.
Eagle Fine Art Gallery, La Jolla, CA.
Sterling Gallery, La Jolla, CA.
N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL.
A.R.C. Galleries, Chicago, IL.
Center for the Visual Arts Gallery, Normal, IL.
Artmesia Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.
76 Bicentennial Invitational Exhibition, Normal, IL.
Chicago and Vicinity Seventy-Fifth Exhibition, Chicago, IL.


Troutman Sanders Law Firm, Irvine, CA.
Participant Media and Film, L.A., CA.
Valley View Casino, Valley Center, CA.
Baker and McKenzie International Law Firm, Del Mar, CA.
Classic Apartments, Burbank, C.A.
Hasely Morrison Interiors, San Diego, CA.
Paramount Biosciences, LLC, San Diego, CA.
City of Oak Park, Oak Park, IL.
Borg-Warner Collection, Chicago, IL.


Francine Finn and Alex Hunter, San Diego, CA.
Terry McInnis, San Clemente, CA.
Jim and Jane Berk, Beverly Hills, CA.
Alex and Isabelle Bermudez, Pasadena, CA.
William Merrill and Paul Ecke, San Francisco, CA.
Dr. Louis McNabb, La Habra Heights, CA.
Alvin Morrison, San Diego, CA.
Jim Smith and Barry Crow, San Diego, CA.
George and Sally Shenas, San Diego, CA.
Robert and Elizabeth Elster, Laguna Beach, CA.
Gerard Michaud and Gerard Kleinsmith, San Diego, Palm Springs, CA.


Basic, raw and stretching boundaries, Pat McNabb Martin leaves each composition to the viewer’s discretion. Never over intellectualizing a painting she concerns herself with the canvas surface always experimenting to create new and unique marks. Each painting is an emergent field of color often laced with exotic fluorescent and metallic paints.  Her intuitive use of the canvas surface, texture and color saturates the viewer’s eye allowing for personal interpretation.

Pat McNabb Martin is an accomplished art educator, filmmaker, graphic designer and manufacturer/designer of hand painted women’s clothing and accessories.  For eighteen years she designed and built single family homes on spec in Southern CA., where she currently resides.  In 2002 she returned to painting full time.

Designer/Film Maker, University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, Chicago, IL.  Designed and prepared instructional materials for educational television.  Produced films with full responsibility for script, graphics, camera, direction, film, sound and editing.

Production Editor, Encyclopedia Brittanica Press, Chicago, IL.  Produced books and other educational materials.

artist statement

​“There are times I begin a painting with a preconceived notion of what I want to have happen and sometimes I approach a blank canvas letting the paint and process show me the way.  Traditional artist brushes limit my freedom so my studio is full of utensils, knives, paints sticks and squeegees. Continuously adding, subtracting, painting over and painting out, allows the mystery of technique to keep me interested.  My creative search remains investigational with the hope that in every painting the color and texture will rise to a new level of visual promise”.