MARTIN DRISCOLL BIOGRAPHY
Martin Driscoll began drawing as a youth in New York City. In the early 1960’s after serving in the Air Force, he returned to New York City and enrolled in the Art Students League. He studied under Frank Reilly, a renowned teacher who developed a systematic use of the color palette that continues to serve as a foundation for fine art instruction. Reilly’s classes became a cornerstone in the development of Driscoll’s style.
In the years that followed his studies, Martin balanced a career in the airline industry, raising a family and developing as an artist. He intermittently exhibited at outdoor shows in New York, selling his original paintings and drawings, while accepting numerous portrait commissions. In the mid-1990’s he turned to art full time – teaching painting, giving art demonstrations and selling his original work. Martin was commissioned to paint a United States Federal Judge, international sports figures and received a prestigious commission for a portrait of Winston Churchill from The Winston Churchill Society.
In early 2000 he opened the Driscoll Art Studio, a working studio and gallery aboard the Queen Mary, docked in Longbeach, California. "There came a point in my life when I knew I could paint, but had to give thought to what I wanted to paint." This led me to examine my life and remember the joy I had in hearing the tales of Ireland from my relatives and especially my mom. I loved the Irish. So, in his studio/gallery, Driscoll’s pastoral scenes of rural Ireland came to life receiving particular attention and accolades from collectors and fellow artist alike. His first collection of limited edition giclee prints, “The Country Walk Collection” was unveiled at the International ArtExpo 2004 in New York. Martin also exhibited at the 2005 ArtExpo and sold nearly all work shown.
In 2005 Martin moved to Wimberley, Texas where set up a studio and painted exclusively Irish pastoral scenes of rural Irish life until his death in 2011. His wife, Judith Driscoll has prepared this website so, Master Artist Martin Driscoll’s brilliant art can continue to touch thousands. Like all great artists, he will live forever through his wonderful paintings.