Hello, I’m Martin Swan.
Welcome to my website. I hope you will find it enjoyable and interesting.
The site has been designed by my nephew, Matthew – a handsome young man now living in Australia and married to a nice Australian girl called Jo. He has provided me with an administration system sufficiently simple for a Neanderthal of my caliber to operate. Thus I am able to change the content of the site without bothering him. What I can’t do is alter the fundamentals, change the look of the thing or delete certain features I no longer like, or re-arrange others. For instance, I would like to have the archive section on the homepage, but I don’t know how to move it there. So it remains largely out of sight, available only via the “Select a Category” button (top RHS). I’m waiting for him to visit me and introduce me to the fundamentals.
Update May 2013.
He has visited and we didn’t talk about the website and so the fundamentals remain the same.
I have just added a Commissions section. This is to highlight the fact that I willingly undertake commissions, should anyone ask me. Most subjects considered, in any painting medium. I can be contacted about this via the Homepage. As I don’t normally photograph these works there are only three paintings to show. Latest update – there are now four pictures in this section following a commission from a firm of London lawyers. See “Siam”.
Update Febuary 2014
“I’m also up for a commission from the Sultanate of Oman. This is yet to be confirmed, but if it does come my way, it will be for two large oil paintings of traditional Omani boats. This will keep me busy in April.”
This quote from my update of one year ago (Feb 2013). I did get the commission, but not until July. The material didn’t arrive until November. Various other delays meant that I didn’t actually start the paintings until the end of January. A month later, though, and they’re coming along nicely and should be finished before keeping me busy THIS April.
Update December 2014.
The Omani paintings were duly finished, dispatched and accepted, most gratifyingly, without revision. And I really enjoyed painting them.
Changes to the website.
I’ve taken the Commissions category off. I’m still undertaking commissions, but there were too many categories and something had to go. For the same reason I also scrapped the Gallery, leaving Recent Paintings to display current work. I’ve now reversed this. Recent Paintings is off; the Gallery is back on. Now, though, paintings that are still available are priced, as in a gallery. Should anyone wish to buy a painting, contact me through the home page and we can arrange payment (paypal) and delivery. There is an obvious advantage to buying directly from the artist. You don’t pay the gallery commission, which can be as much as 45 or 50 percent.
Update November 2015.
Its been a while. I’m still painting, have been doing a lot of small landscapes lately, together with some preparatory sketches of paintings for The Flint Gallery, which is in Blakeney, on the north Norfolk coast. Interestingly, the gallery wants abstracts. Which is good, because I like to paint abstracts. Indeed, I tutored a workshop at The Mall Galleries in October, entitled “Toward Abstraction in Marine Art.”
Something else unusual happened at The Mall Galleries in October. I was elected Vice-President of the RSMA. Funny how things turn out.