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Paul Martin trained as a painter and printmaker at the Royal Academy Schools, London, and a the Birmingham School of Art, UK.

Since embracing Orthodoxy in the 1980's, Martin has embraced the ancient iconographic traditions, latent but undeveloped in his 'secular' painting. He has been influenced by the earliest extant third century encaustic images, early Byzantine, Cypriot and Cretan works, as well as Russian 13th century and the 15th century Novgorod and Moscow Schools.

It is in this later part of the Orthodox tradition that he has felt at home, its harmony and balance in composition and its contemplative yet joyful and exuberant colour. It has also been important for him to trace and respond to indigenous Celtic christian traditions in search for authenticity.