In January of 2018, artist Christopher Martin’s father-in-law suffered a heart attack. He’s channeled that experience into a line of heart paintings that directly support the American Heart Association by donating 50% of each sale to the AHA.

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American Heart #54, 2018 | acrylic on acrylic | 16 x 16″ | 50 % of proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association

A self-taught artist, Christopher Martin coaxes layers of sheer pigment and water to achieve his vision ~ harnessing brushes, wind, heat, and gravity. Describing his technique, of painting in reverse on acrylic panels, Christopher says, “Every layer of paint has a high influence on the one behind it as opposed to a flat covering stroke. It’s often around thirty layers of paint that fuse together.” Finding inspiration in nature has fueled his motivation. “When you observe the veining in a slab of marble, or the alternating colors in petrified wood and other natural creations, they are all inherently poetic and attuned to the laws of abstraction. Study them closely, and you’ll identify compositions of abstraction. Being surrounded by these natural masterpieces in Colorado is a constant source of inspiration.”

In the twenty years since he began painting, his works have been sought for corporate and private collections nationally and internationally. In 2012, he celebrated the completion and installation of a 120-ft. painting aptly titled, “Velocity,” consisting of 15 consecutive panels for the Formula One Racetrack, Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas. Kidz Creations, a charity project launched in 2001 involves painting with hundreds of children over 13 years benefitting various hospitals, which will exceed the $500,000 benchmark this year. 

Thanks to the generosity of kind patrons, Christopher has raised $73,775 for the American Heart Association! 24 heart paintings remain available for purchase to contribute to this noble cause, and 50% of proceeds for remaining hearts will be donated to AHA. If you’d like to secure one of these limited edition paintings, and support the AHA at the same time, please visit his website here.

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