About the Artist

Martin Pate graduated with honors from Ringling College of Art and Design in 1981. He moved to Atlanta GA shortly after art school and began his career as a professional artist. Martin has had numerous portrait commissions over the years throughout the country- young and old, known and unknown. Recent portraits of South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges' children hung prominently in the Columbia SC mansion during his term.

Martin's ability to paint people has led to 30 years of commissions by the National Park Service. Working with archaeologists, the Southeastern Archaeological Center and state and local clients, Martin has created paintings of pre-historic Native Americans, The Battle of the Little Bighorn, Underground Railroad scenes, 20th century military history and many others. These images have been used for a variety of educational purposes including books, posters, interpretive panels and online use.



Select Exhibitions


  • Society of Illustrators Show 24, 25, 27, 30 New York City
  • National 100- Havana FL
  • 6th Biennial National- First Place- Punta Gorda FL
  • 12th Biennial National- Punta Gorda FL
  • Oil Painters of America Regional- 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • Oil Painters of America National- 2017
  • One Man Shows- Fort Benning, Dogwood Gallery, The Nixon Centre,
  • McRitchie Hollis Museum-Newnan GA
  • Retrospective Show- "Within" Marietta Cobb Museum of Art- 2017


Museums and Displays


  • Marksville Mounds Visitor's Center
  • Fort Bragg NC Library
  • Fort Benning GA
  • Collier County Museum FL
  • Cumberland Island Nat Seashore Museum
  • Poverty Point Mounds Visitor's Center
  • Little Bighorn Nat Monument
  • Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport- Walk Through History
  • Private Collections and Publications
  • Turner Broadcasting
  • Coca-Cola
  • Georgia Pacific
  • SC Governor- Jim Hodges
  • Albert Heijn- CEO Bi-Lo Foods
  • Atlanta Journal and Constitution
  • Atlanta Braves
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Budweiser
  • Chateau Elan
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Outdoor Life
  • Beneath These Waters- Book
  • The Art of Cultural Resource Management- Book