Martin Driscoll Biography

Martin Driscoll began drawing as a youth in New York City. In the early 1960’s, after serving in the Air Force, he returned to New York and enrolled in the Art Students League. He studied under Frank Reilly, a renowned teacher who developed a systematic use of the color palette that continues to serve as a foundation for fine art instruction. Reilly’s classes became a cornerstone in the development of Driscoll’s style.

In the years that followed his studies, Driscoll balanced a career in the airline industry, raising a family, and developing as an artist. He intermittently exhibited at outdoor shows in New York, selling his original paintings and drawings, and accepting numerous portrait commissions. In the mid-1990’s he returned to art fulltime – teaching painting, giving art demonstrations, and selling his original work. Driscoll has been commissioned to paint a United States Federal Court Judge, international sports figures, and most recently received a prestigious portrait commission from The Winston Churchill Society.

In early 2000, he opened the Driscoll Art Studio, a working studio and gallery aboard the Queen Mary. In his studio/gallery, Driscoll’s pastoral scenes of rural Irish life have received particular attention and accolades from collectors and fellow artists alike.