Fern Martins

Fern Martins lives locally and has an artistic career spanning over 40 years, with her first one woman exhibition at the age of 19.

Represented in the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Art Gallery of NSW, State Library of NSW and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Commissions from clients across Australia, noteworthy mention 3 totem paintings for the late Jimmy Little. Fern's work is held in private collections in Australia and overseas.

Fern has always participated with the development in Artistic Community Identity. A few highlights are with the initial developments of Women’s Art Space, Sculpture workshops, Artists for Aboriginal Lands Rights and the early Treaty movement. Founding member for the first Indigenous Urban Artists Cooperative, Boomalli.

Fern's commitment to Community Art Action is still flourishing at Swansea on Lake Macquarie. Through her teaching, Community art and Indigenous reconciliation projects. Recently, Fern has ventured into Indigenous children's book illustrations and is the recipient of the Magabala Scholarship for 2013 and 2015.

SHORTLISTED - Speech Pathology Australia's 2016 Book of the Year Awards(Indigenous Children's Category
NOTABLE - 2018 CBCA Picture Book of the Year
SHORTLISTED - 2018 ABIA Small Publisher's Children's Book of the Year.

She is passionate about her faith and Aboriginal self-determination. Ngnarabul and Waka Waka countries, Northern NSW southern QLD are Fern's Aboriginal family places.

I work in watercolour, ink, pencils, pastels, acrylics and oils equally. Most of my images state in my minds eye or something catches my eye form the outside and then I it is expressed and carried away by the medium I choose. Every new work is an adventure with no set rules or expected outcomes.


Fern Martins' studio Inheritance Art Design will be closed until midday on Sunday November 8, however will still be participating in Open Studios from midday until 4pm on this date. 


Contact Details


0408 645 777