About the Artist

Joshua Alan Martin was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1989, before his family relocated to Oklahoma in 1995. He began taking private art classes when he was 8 years old and was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at age 10. After graduating from high school and receiving certifications in Graphic Design and Web Design from Moore Norman Technology Center, he graduated from Oklahoma City Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Technology in 2011. For several years he studied oil painting under artist Carol Armstrong in Norman. Over the years, Joshua has won several awards for art and design, becoming known for his realistic oil paintings of wildlife and nature, and in 2020 obtained signature membership status in the Oil Painters of America. Joshua currently lives and paints in Norman, Oklahoma.

Joshua with Best of Show Award winning painting "Turkey in the Weeds"

Best of Show, Oklahoma Art Guild members show 2017

Art Awards

  • 2021, Best in Show, Oklahoma Art Guild, Fall Member Show

  • 2021, 1st place Dry Media, Oklahoma Art Guild, Fall Member Show

  • 2021, 2nd place Oils, Oklahoma Art Guild, Fall Member Show

  • 2020, Best in Animal Category, Oklahoma Art Guild, Online Summer Show

  • 2020, 1st place Advanced Oils, Stillwater Art Guild, Spring Show

  • 2020, People’s Choice Award, Stillwater Art Guild, Spring Show

  • 2019, Animal Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition

  • 2017, Best of Show, Oklahoma Art Guild Spring Members Show

  • 2014, 1st place, Oklahoma Art Guild members show fall

  • 2014, 1st place, SoCA Art Exhibition

  • 2009, Third place, Breakaway Magazine Art Contest

  • 2009, First place, Norman Mayfair Arts Festival

  • 2008, First place, Norman Mayfair Arts Festival

  • 2008, Best of Show, Cleveland County Fair for arts

Juried/Invitational Exhibitions

  • 2021, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum - “Small Works, Great Wonders”

  • 2021, Mountain Oyster Club, Invitational Art Show

  • 2021, Oil Painters of America, Juried Salon Show

  • 2021, Oil Painters of America, National Juried Exhibition

  • 2020, Oil Painters of America, Juried Salon Show

  • 2020, Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Exhibition

  • 2020, Oil Painters of America, National Juried Exhibition

  • 2019, Animal Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Exhibition

  • 2019, Oil Painters of America, National Juried Exhibition

  • 2018, Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Exhibition

  • 2018, Oil Painters of America, Salon Show

  • 2017, Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Exhibition

  • 2016, Oil Painters of America, National Juried Exhibition

  • 2015, Oil Painters of America, Salon Show

  • 2015, Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Exhibition

  • 2015, Oil Painters of America, National Juried Exhibition

  • 2012, Oklahoma Art Guild, Oklahoma Friendly, National Juried Show

Publications