Bernice Fenwick Martin
1902 - 1999
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Bernice Fenwick Martin was born in Shelbourne, Ontario in 1902. She showed an early interest in drawing and began her art studies at Toronto Technical Schools as a teenager. In the 1920s and 1930s, she studied at the Ontario College of Art under J.W. Beatty and Franklin Carmichael, both of whom personally encouraged her.
At Beatty's funeral in 1941, Martin met the artist Peter Clapham Sheppard. The two artists remained devoted friends and sketching companions until his death in 1965. Martin also travelled extensively overseas with her husband, Langton Martin,a talented draughtsman and enjoyed the friendship of A.Y. Jackson and Elmer Isler.
With a serious dedication to her art, Martin became an accomplished painter, watercolourist and printmaker. Her paintings were featured in the Royal Canadian Academy exhibitions from 1945 to 1947. She also had solo exhibitions at T. Eaton Company’s College Street Fine Art Gallery, Casa Loma, and the Guild of All Arts. One of her works is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.