My interest in art can really be attributed to two homeless men in Oklahoma City OK., Matt and Ben. I became an encourager of their talents by providing studio space and commissions but never doing anything myself due of lack of confidence. Nearly 20 years later I took a chance and painted a simple cross for a small storefront church in Topeka KS. to hang on their wall which started my active involvement in art. My love for abstract style has grown over the years as I watch people discover different visuals and meanings in my work. For me creating art is all about the process and for the viewer it is what it is.
Lee Martin or “Brother Lee” as he prefers to be called, grew up in northwest Missouri with neither training nor interest in art. Everything changed once this Missionary with the North American Mission Board began to think about retirement, and discovered abstract artists Jonas Gerard, Peter Dranitsin, John Beckley and Rafi Perez. What fascinates him the most are shapes, shadows and contrasts that show up as spontaneous results to painting to different styles of music, not to mention what each viewer sees. He paints with the idea that the finished product will stimulate conversations about the love of God.