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Emma Lou Martin

Emma Lou Martin is a person who devotes herself to enriching the art community of Richmond, VA. She was the moving force in establishing the Uptown Gallery as its founding director in 1992. She is passionate about the arts, and her great joy has been passing that on to others whether as a museum docent, workshop painting teacher, art consultant, and exhibitor, or creating “art adventures” for fellow artists.

Majoring in fine arts at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and graduating from the College of William and Mary, Emma Lou has been influenced by world travels and continued studies with nationally recognized master painters such as Wolf Kahn, Sondra Freckelton, Stephen Quiller, Pat Dews, Robert Wade, Carrie Brown Barnes, Barbara Theilen Preston, and Tom Lynch.

Emma Lou, a signature member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, has won awards in all media that she has explored: Pastel, print making, collage, oil, and watercolor. She has had numerous solo shows in venues such as the Science Museum of VA, Richmond Public Library, VA Senate Office Building, Westminster Canterbury, VA Eye Institute, Shenandoah Valley Art Center, VCU Medical Center Hospital, and the Petersburg Area Art League. Emma Lou has exhibited in national shows including Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center, NYC, National EAA Aviation Foundation Show, Icarus International, Blue Ridge Art Center, SC, and Montpelier Center for the Arts, as well as in Southern, Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic Watercolor Exhibitions.

She has directed and taught annual adult painting workshops and has directed Children’s Art Camp at Shrine Mont, Orkney Springs, VA. She conducts monthly critique sessions for artists. She has taught classes in various media at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Bay School for the Arts, Uptown Gallery, University of Richmond Woman’s Resource Center, and internationally, has led workshops in Southern France and Germany.

Emma Lou Martin’s work can be found in numerous corporate collections including Media General, UVA Hospital, E.R. Carpenter Corp., Birdsong Peanut Corp., Philip Morris, Inc. and private collections internationally.

“My many interests ranging from travel, art history to current events, to mans’ achievements, and especially the love of the natural world permeate my work.

I continually work to combine beauty of surface, richness of color, and excellence of technique with an original interpretation of realism.”


Southern Magnolia
(Watercolor, $1200)


Nature’s Textures
(9" x 11” Collage, $300)
insects, twigs, handmade papers, found objects


A Few Necessities I
(11" x 11” Collage, $395)
computer parts, found objects and papers

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