Martin Close started as a designer & illustrator, developing techniques for creating 3D renderings of plans using ink and watercolours. After opening his first art gallery in Marlow, UK, Martin discovered a passion for oil painting and became an understudy of a London based portrait artist - who was highly regarded for his commissioned portraiture of royalty and the Vatican. Martin went on to continued his classical studies at Lavender Hill Studios in London working under Scott Pohlschmidt, Ann Witheridge and Nick Bashall.
An enthusiastic and motivational teacher, Martin continues to innovate his teaching methods and study the atelier techniques. His experiences on this journey have led him to found the CAA and bring the atelier teachings to the wider south coast. Martin's works, which include a personally commissioned portrait of Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, still focus on figurative painting and contemporary realism with oils. Now an experienced artist and teacher, Martin continues to push himself in order to keep growing as an artist and his current works include a collection of local atmospheric sea and landscapes.