Mozelle Martin is an artist who is based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her art deals with forensics, animals, nature, city life, her favorite childhood rides, celestial planets, water sources, and much more. She gets her inspiration from real life – the people, places, and things that capture her attention and or emotion.

A native of Tucson, Arizona her mother is an established local wildlife artist (Joan Barr). Being raised an only child, Mozelle was lived through repetitive traumas and felt she had two choices… crime or creativity. As it turns out, she chose both. In other words, her love of music, painting, writing, and photography kept her sane so she could pursue a career in forensics.

Mozelle loves to paint abstracts in which she usually begins by closing her eyes and smearing a certain color of paint until she feels instinctively ready to open her eyes. When she looks at it, she immediately sees the shapes come alive. She continues to work with those shapes without questioning or judgment. In fact, it is not unusual to see her paint with her fingers and toes. She rarely uses brushes because she loves to really feel the paint and the canvas (which is often scrap cardboard).

Additionally, she will also create art from photos she has taken, especially as it relates to her 30+ year career in forensics (www.MozelleMartin.com). To help protect the identity of random people she has captured on camera, she slightly alters their faces as she paints. Mozelle has participated in the Twitter Art Exhibit since 2010 in which a gallery somewhere in the world showcases her work (along with other artists).

Some of Mozelle’s favorite art instructors were James Hahn, Jeff Watts, Stan Prokopenko, and Gino Savarino. As a young artist, Frida Kahlo taught her about the “psychology behind the art” in which Mozelle learned the importance of “creating by expression not expectation". Mozelle believes that expectation and self-critical judgement can ruin or suffocate the outcome.

In closing, Mozelle says, “Psychologically, my art reminds me of some of my favorite artists such as Kit King, Carla McAfee, Gillian Lee Smith, and Pauline Agnew because they are often metaphorical and symbolic”.

In a nutshell… that means, you never know what kind of art you will find here.

  • Joined: April 2018
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