Born in Glasgow in 1922, David McLeod Martin studied at Glasgow School of Art where he studied under David Donaldson and met his future wife, the painter Isobel Smith. After graduating in 1948 he went on to teach, but continued to paint and exhibit regularly at the major Scottish annual exhibitions. Between 1973 and 1983 David Martin was Principle teacher of Art at Hamilton Grammar School before retiring early to paint full time.
David has long been considered one of Scotland’s most successful and respected artists. A painter in oils, watercolour and gouache, he is particularly known for his contemporary paintings of Scottish landscapes and still life work.
He was elected a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts in 1959 and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1961. His awards include the Royal Glasgow Institute’s Mabel Mackinley Award (1990) and the May Marshall Brown award (1984). His work is held in many major public and private collections including The Arts Council of Scotland, The City of Edinburgh Art Collection, Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Lord MacFarlane, The Earl of Moray, Credit Lyonnais Bank, Warburg Asset Management and the Clydesdale Bank. A major retrospective of his work was held at Perth Museum and Art Gallery in 1999.
worked as an art teacher and lives in Eaglesham.