ABOUT STEPHEN MARTIN

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    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 (where I currently stand) are feral kittens from one of two feral colonies Karen takes care of daily.

     

    Other things to know:

     

    I collect children’s books (primarily featuring cats, naturally). 

    I own and fly antique aircraft.