Martin is an Ecologist and Landscape Architect whose career was principally managing protected landscapes and habitats. For 18 years he was responsible for managing the landscape and biodiversity of the South Downs, latterly as Chief Executive of the South Downs Joint Committee, now a National Park. Throughout his career he has taken every opportunity to study plants and birds in different parts of the world and painted landscapes and wildlife for pleasure.
He has a life long passion for landscapes, not simply their natural beauty but understanding the physical and cultural forces that have shaped them and the wildlife they contain.
Landscapes form part of our cultural heritage but are increasingly under threat from exploitation, development and standardisation of management and design. Landscapes provide inspiration, a sense of place, and deserve to be recognised and protected.
Although he captures many images by camera, watercolours provide him with a greater opportunity to play with composition, colour and light. As a walker and sailor the movement of the sea and the play of light across landscapes and seascapes in different conditions provides an inspiration and palette of colour to work from.
Semi retirement provides him with more time to focus on natural history and art. He is a director of Europarc Atlantic Isles (www.europarc-ai.org) and in addition to consultancy work undertakes wildlife tours for Naturetrek (www.naturetrek.co.uk).