Martha McElroy’s art is rooted in the rich tradition of American Folk Art. Her colorful landscapes and seascapes reflect a knowledge and love of this genre. Though simply rendered, there is a vibrancy and craftsmanship inherent in Martha’s careful delineation and command of brushwork and color.
Ms. McElroy’s subject matter has a regional theme ranging from majestic lighthouses and seaports brimming with activity to bucolic rural landscapes. Her interest in history can be seen in paintings such as the “Newport Tennis Hall of Fame” in which the dress and architecture of a bygone era are captured in detail. Though primarily a painter of the New England Coastal scene, Ms. McElroy has lately expanded her subjects to include the Southern Coastline as well as the island towns of the Caribbean. In these works, she has used a lighter palette of pastels to capture the warmth of life in the southern regions.
Though mainly self-taught, Martha has refined her talent through years of research and practice. She uses acrylics on canvas, though she has done pieces on wood, tin, and basketry and the whimsy of her landscapes lend themselves beautifully to this process. Her art has been reproduced on apparel, home decor, and merchandise which has been sold throughout retail establishments worldwide.
Martha makes her home in the picturesque town of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina located on the coastal shores of South Carolina’s beautiful coastline and with it’s historic architecture provide constant inspiration for Martha’s artwork.