Martin grew up with wood as a hobby; carving and experimenting from a very young age. Growing up in rural Taranaki with links to the mountain and central hills he developed a keen interest in native flora and fauna.
He began his adult life as a farmer with a strong side interest in woodwork. Although having no formal training he made furniture, developing increasingly contemporary one-off designs for commissions. Healways imagined that later in life with more time he would turn his attention to carving and sculpture.
For fifteen years he provided part time support to sculptor Paul Dibble, making patterns for many of his larger bronze pieces. He was significantly involved in construction of the Anzac memorial in Hyde Park London.
For the last few years he has focused exclusively on birds. His desire is to capture their unique forms and expression. At the same time he explores their plight through sculptures, which consider man’s impact on the bird’s environment. He is interested in the reduction of habitat for birds from farming. Previous sculptures have used farming tools and hardware in illustration. Whilst not being anti farming he wishes to remember the change that has happened to New Zealand and our responsibility to the life forms whose survival is now at risk. Other sculptures have more simply celebrated their co-existence; eg kakas over Wellington and gannets at Cape Kidnappers.