Thia Martin was born as what many would call a natural artist. From the earliest times of her life it was second nature to create elaborate visual worlds and live into them. As early as 6 years old she was creating portraits using an intuitive style of allowing images to emerge, letting the creations inform her as to how they wanted to be shaped.
Having grown up in Chicago, spending three decades in Arkansas and moving to Colorado in 2002, Thia’s art has been uniquely flavored by widely varied cultural exposers. Through much of her adult life her artistic pursuits lived on the outskirts of her dedication to raising her four children. In the last decade she has blossomed into a full time artist and can most often be found in her home studio drawing on inspiration from the breathtaking views of the mountains in Sunshine Canyon.
The majority of her of work is created in oil painting but she often finds herself drawn into the worlds of Dry mediums, sculpture, photography and short filmmaking. With her art, Thia guides her viewers from a secular perspective into a world of suspended contemplation by leaving a veil of mystery in her pieces. True to her original style, most of her art still evolves out of a living dance of emergent co-creation between her and the images calling themselves into being.
She is currently an advisory board member with the Buffalo Field Campaign working to protect the last wild herd of buffalo. She is building a fine art exhibit to open on September 21, 2019 at the Museum of Boulder.
If you are Interested In purchasing Thia’s art, please contact the artist for details.
To view more art, visit Thia’s Facebook and Instagram.
If you are Interested In purchasing Thia’s photography, please contact the artist for details.
To view more photography, visit Thia’s Facebook and Instagram
Our National Mammal
For many, bison are an American icon. In 2016 the bison was named America’s National Mammal, joining the bald eagle in distinction as a national symbol. Yet in Yellowstone National Park, hundreds of America’s last wild bison are slaughtered each year under an inter-agency management plan controlled by the Montana Department of Livestock– an agency devoted to protecting the interests of its cattle while deploying arguably unethical tactics to capture, abuse and kill bison in and around Yellowstone.
Out of this controversy, Buffalo Field Campaign was born– an organization documenting the abuse of the buffalo for over 20 years in order to bring awareness to the issue and pass legislation to protect bison in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Millions of tourists visit Yellowstone National Park each year to witness a rare glimpse of the iconic bison in their natural habitat. Yet few are aware of the plight facing these buffalo each year. This documentary aims to bring light to the issue, and change the course of events for America’s last wild bison and Our National Mammal.
DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, CO-WRITER, STORY, PRODUCTION DESIGNER, MANAGER, STILL PHOTOGRAPHER, ASSISTANT EDITOR
Thia Martin studied Fine Art at the University of Arkansas. She is a prolific artist with a cause. Thia works with a wide variety of mediums including; oil, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, photography, and film. Our National Mammal is Thia’s second documentary short about the plight of America’s National Mammal and last wild bison. She is a BFC Advisory Board Member.
Buffalo Field Campaign
PRODUCER, CO-WRITER, STORY, ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY, CAMERA OPERATOR, VIDEO OPERATOR, ASSISTANT EDITOR
Buffalo Field Campaign is the longest running, single issue front line campaign alive today. For 20 years, BFC has been the only group working in the field, in the policy arena, and on the legal front, in defense of America’s National Mammal and last wild migratory bison. BFC holds 20 years of archival and present day footage documenting the plight of our Sacred Buffalo.
SUBMISSION CONTACT, STORY EDITOR, ASSISTANT PRODUCER
Justine Sanchez has been a volunteer and board member for Buffalo Field Campaign for over 15 years. She currently serves as BFC’s Vice President of the board of directors. Justine is proficient in all aspect of BFC’s field patrols, policy construction, and legal actions. Our National Mammal is Justine’s second documentary short where she has served as co-creator and story editor.
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, COLLABORATING DIRECTOR, CO-WRITER, STORY, EDITOR, SOUND EDITOR, DIGITAL EFFECTS, SOUND MIXER, MUSIC EDITOR
Joseph East has worked nationwide covering subjects as diverse as climate change, animal rights, education, the Junior Olympics, youth arts and more. Joseph directed and shot the feature documentary, I WILL DANCE, which toured on the Southern Circuit, sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts and broadcast on PBS.