Professor Exhibits Art in Support of Cancer Victims

William Woods University art professor Terry Martin is exhibiting his latest paintings at a hospital in St. Louis in support of cancer victims.

The 11 pieces in his “Faith Expressed Through Abstract Painting” exhibit will be on display through Sept. 30 at the David C. Pratt Cancer Center, St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, 607 S. New Ballas Road, St. Louis.

The medical center’s auxiliary offers a special art program for individuals and their families or friends who have been touched by cancer. It consists of art workshops and exhibits by both professionals and cancer victims and their families.

Martin’s newest paintings are abstract creations. According to St. Louis resident Joan Bramsch, founder of, these works provide a spiritual sanctuary for the viewer: “The color palette is bright and bold, yet so calming.”

The artist said he has discovered that creating abstract art is very therapeutic. “The experimental process, for me, feels good,” Martin said. “Sometimes it’s like a sustained prayer.” When he considered the similarity between communicating through painting and prayer, he began to paint less specific images. “It felt right to create, using only the essence of an idea.”

He now embraces the symbolic qualities of color, line, shape, texture and the elements, claiming that painting in the abstract facilitates the expression of broad ideas and challenging subjects.

“I have faith that interesting images will appear,” said Martin. “I have developed a concept of abstraction in accordance with faith.”

Martin graduated from the University of Missouri with three degrees, a bachelor of science, a master of education and a master of fine arts. He is a signature member of the International Society of Experimental Artists and the National Society of Oil and Acrylic Painters; a juried member of the art association “Best of Missouri Hands” and a member of the Mid America Pastel Society and the Missouri Watercolor Society.

He enjoys working in a variety of media. In recent years he has produced a number of abstract paintings which he says are related to nature’s sublime character. He believes natural themes like seasons, storms, and earth changes can best be expressed in powerful and spontaneous ways through abstract painting.