Major one-man exhibits of his artwork at the Randolph County Community Arts Center in Elkins, West Virginia, the Union League Club in New York City, the United States Military Academy’s Class of 1929 Art Gallery in Eisenhower Hall at West Point, and at the Gettysburg Cyclorama Visitors Center Gallery, have garnered national attention for combining an inspired and dramatic style with meticulously researched historical accuracy.
Graduation Morning was accepted by the Association of Graduates, USMA for publication as an Academy Bicentennial Commemorative fine art print. His painting “The Wheatfield” is the cover for Jay Jorgensen’s book, Gettysburg’s Bloody Wheatfield, and his works are featured on several other book jackets.
He created commemorative prints for the USMA Classes of 1965 and 1968, the Meade Society of Philadelphia, the Sons of Union Veterans, and the Yorktown Historical Society and the 95th New York Historical Society. He has recently devoted the same extensive research, attention to detail and visual imagery that is the hallmark of his artwork, into his first historical, literary work, They Flew With Tigers, The Story of American Beauty and her crew in the China, Burma, India Theatre during WWII, due for publication soon.
Mr. Martin is a member of the Company of Military Historians, the Army Air Force Historical Association, the Rockland County Civil War Flags Commission and the Lincoln Forum. He is President of the Yorktown Historical Society and serves on the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Society in Peekskill, Lincoln Depot Museum Foundation and the Yorktown Veterans Day Parade Committee and is an active member in the 14th Air Force Association and an Honorary Trustee of the North Carolina South Mountain Monument Fund. He is the President and Program Director for the Rockland County Civil War Round Table.
In September of 2003, he was recognized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States for “patriotic service rendered to the community.” He was featured on Fox News’ Fox and Friends morning program in the summer of 2003.
Mr. Martin’s critically acclaimed historical art prints are available as Limited Edition, Signed and Numbered Fine Art Prints. A portion of the retail sale of every WWII print is donated to the USO and a portion of his Civil War prints is donated to various Civil War Preservation and Memorial funds.
Paul R. Martin III
Paul R. Martin III resides in Yorktown Heights NY with his wife and 2 children. He is a professional historical artist and an art teacher in the Pearl River School District in Rockland County. He received his BA in art from Southampton College and his MA in Drawing from Long Island University. His artworks are on permanent display in the Robert E. Lee Civil War Research Center, The Civil War Library and Museum of Philadelphia, West Point, The Pentagon, the United States Congressional Building and hundreds of private collections throughout the world.
His artwork and artifact exhibits have graced the walls and display cases of the John C. Hart Memorial Library in Shrub Oak, the New City Library, the Field Library in Peekskill, the Mount Kisco Public Library and the Windham Community Center.
Mr. Martin’s distinctive drawing style utilizes novel, color pencil techniques, where he overlaps multiple layers of primary, secondary, and complementary colors, creating infinite hues and rich dark values without the use of black and brown. Dozens of layers of color combine to give each drawing a sense of vibrancy and depth, and an impressionistic quality that expresses perfectly Mr. Martin’s artistic interpretation of the men and their fields of battle.
His artworks pay tribute to the history of America and are intended to honor the generations of American citizens who have responded to the call of freedom. He meticulously researches his subject to ensure complete historical accuracy. From weapons, accouterments and uniforms to hair color and eye color, to insignia, color and markings, the details of his drawings open up windows to the past.
His landscapes are inspired by the consecrated grounds of Civil War Battlefields. They evoke the sharp contrast between the serene beauty of the silent fields and the awful carnage that took place there. His drawings are a contemporary approach to a romantic theme; contemplative and meditative and reminiscent of the dramatic and spiritual style of the Hudson River School.
His images reflect heart felt emotions and pay tribute to the valor and honor of the men who fought and died for their beliefs. Mr. Martin hopes the viewer is instilled with the same sense of awe and inspiration that draws him and so many other people to the sacred places where, “…spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls.”
Martin takes an active role in Civil War and historic preservation as a member of the Civil War Preservation Trust, the Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation, the GBPA, the Brandy Station Foundation, the Longstreet Society, the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, the National WWII Museum and the Pacific Aviation Museum and many other preservation groups.
He is a civil war and WWII re-enactor and living historian and is currently restoring a 1942 WWII Ford Jeep. He recently joined the Westchester Chapter of the Hudson Valley Honor Flight, dedicated to providing WWII veterans all expenses paid visits to the National World War II Memorial in Washington DC.