ABOUT STEPHEN MARTIN
I am a Long Island transplant, born originally upstate in Glens Falls, NY and growing up in Poughkeepsie. I went to SUNY/Oneonta majoring in Theatre Arts and that is where I met Karen, whom I have been married to for over 30 years. I moved to Long Island in the early 80’s where I worked as an Industrial Designer for 34 years.
I currently operate out of my studio – FanCatStic – located in Huntington Station. My art is primarily focused on cats. I tend to see cats in everything. I work in all media and work with found objects to “Bring out the Cat” in them in a folksy, whimsical way. Other critters, can sometimes sneak in.
For the past four years, my larger sculptures, such as CirCat, Cat-a-Pult and TabbyCat, have been featured in the Public Outside Art event – Cat-N-Around Catskill (www.cat-n-around.com) in Catskill, NY, where they have received awards each year.
The Cat Connection:
Got first cat – a Seal Point Siamese – when 7 years old.
Have had at least one cat except for two days when I moved to Long Island. Two days after setting up my apartment I adopted a Blue Persian.
Moved up to two cats when I took in family Cream Persian .
Expanded to three cats when we took in a stray kitten from the private airport I fly out of. Fourth came in the form of a feral cat from where I worked.
Five and six are Foster cats from Superstorm Sandy, who are now permanent members of our family.
Seven, eight, nine and ten are feral kittens from one of two feral colonies Karen takes care of daily.
UPDATE: Just took in number eleven a maine coon mix that we had been feeding on our porch for the last few years. Took her in ahead of the winter storm. She is enjoying being an Indoor cat now.
Other things to know:
Current Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI Long Island Chapter
Middle School Teaching Assistant for Art
I collect children’s books (primarily featuring cats, naturally).
I own and fly antique aircraft.
Success in Art is about making people Smile. That is what I strive for. Judging by the comments I get regularly at shows and visitors to my studio (even those who are not “cat people”) I am very successful.