Emma-May Martin was the daughter of Thomas Mower Martin, who was a founding member of the Ontario Society of Artists as well at the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Emma-May was the second eldest and painted through out her life.
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Still Life & Figurative
Emma-May Martin

Emma May Martin (January 3, 1865- February 10, 1957) was a Canadian artist best known for her work in watercolor, primarily depicting landscapes and still life scenes. Martin also occasionally worked in oil and china painting.

Born on January 3, 1865 in Toronto Ontario, Martin began her training with her father, Thomas Mower Martin. Martin later studied at the Toronto Art School under Marmaduke Matthews and George Reid. Martin began exhibiting in 1883, and would continue to show her work for the next sixty years. A member of the Ontario Society of Artists, Martin also had a long teaching career, particularly in the field of watercolor.

Martin began exhibiting watercolors in 1883.  By 1886 Martin was successfully entering in all of the major Canadian art shows. She exhibited with the Art Association of Montreal from 1885-1915, the Toronto Industrial Exhibition (later known as the Canadian National Exhibition) from 1890-1897, and the Royal Canadian Academy from 1887-1913. Martin was voted into membership with the Ontario Society of Artists in 1889 and exhibited with the group from 1885-1925.  Martin's work Late Twilight was exhibited at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.


“Harvest Apples” in particular is irreplaceable. One of her best works, the painting was completed 132 years ago. Emma-May’s talent was exhibited at an early age as this painting was painted when she was only 21 years old. The painting has been kept in pristine condition in its original frame!

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