Blurb: I particularly like the way you represent space in your work. How did you compose the full scenes?
Jeff Martin: I don’t know how I came across this technique it just evolved as I attempted to convey the feeling of each space. I am glad that you noticed the theme of space. The hero of the work is the space of each kitchen and the figures are there to show movement and scale. The process begins with my sketches, which are so popular I had to include them in this publication. I take my observations from my visual diaries and let the canvases evolve from there.
Blurb: You’re traveling to a lot of different places to make this book. How does the change in location affect your creative process?
Jeff Martin: I spend far too much time at airports and on planes but kill time sketching, which I should also publish. The travel is sometimes like preparation and adds to the excitement of the process.
Blurb: How did you hear about Blurb?
Jeff Martin: I came across Blurb years ago and had played with the idea of self-publishing my work but I wasn’t ready.
Blurb: How did you photograph your paintings for the book? Did you hire a professional photographer?
Jeff Martin: I do have a professional photographer document all of my works before I exhibit them. As the works leave the gallery for new homes, sometimes in other countries, all I am left with are the images on a disk, so this is very important. This is one of the reasons I decided to do the book now; I have the images and I have a good body of work that sits very well together in a publication.
Blurb: Have you used this book as a portfolio? Was it used as a catalog to accompany an exhibit?
Jeff Martin: The book works on a number of levels. One: It is a nice portfolio capturing a body of work over a good period of time. Two: It provides context to any one work. By this I mean if you have one of my paintings it is a good way to show how that work sits in a collection. Three: There are many people that work in the industry or just love the subject matter that either can’t afford my paintings or [don’t] have the room for one… so now they can have the book.
Blurb: What’s your top tip for bookmakers?
Jeff Martin: Take your time, and get it right.
Blurb: Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?