Hello, I'm David Martin, and this is a repository of some of my writing, art, and hair style photography, as well as information about my 25+ year styling career and studio/education center, Cobalt Salon & Gallery.
I have been a licensed cosmetologist since 1987. I apprenticed with Bunny Jean Cunningham (one of the best haircutters I've known in my 25 years of styling), at J. Cunningham and Co. for 4 years before moving to All That Jazz hair salon, where I worked for 15 years. My partner Pete Nowlen and I owned All That Jazz as All That/Hair Artistry for the last 5 years I was there.
We worked very hard to create an atmosphere of creativity and excellence, and during the time we owned All That /Hair Artistry it was voted Best Salon in Yolo County by the readers of the Davis Enterprise.
I have advanced training in color, cut, and styling techniques (check out some color info here) from the Paul Mitchell Advanced Academy, certification from the Modern Salon Learning program. I am a former ISO/Joico color educator, and now teach advanced education events at Cobalt Salon & Gallery.
I've been writing short stories for a number of years now. I was asked to write a before and after article for a local webzine by my friend Cary Arnold. The article turned into a stint as a food and restaurant column, and little by little my writing juices started to flow. In the writing section of my portfolio you will find updates about the coming release of my scifi novel Adrift, and a number of my short stories. Let me know if you have any thoughts!
I paint mainly in oil on canvas. I work in both an abstracted and a realistic style. Most of my work is of people (usually friends or family), though I have plans for some flowers and other subjects.
I have studied painting with Gary Pruner, at American River college. As you may notice, he influenced my style quite a lot. He also inspired me artistically, for which I am very grateful. Other than studying at ARC, I would say I am largely self taught. My style is heavily influenced by early internet images. The concept of disconnected colors and almost no blending was inspired by very early images and movies (mid 1990’s) on various web sites and galleries.
Some of my pieces are purely emotional, and much more abstract. Most of my abstract emotion pieces consist almost entirely of self portraits. Much more difficult for me, is strictly realistic portraits. It takes a great deal of commitment and patience, but I find it worth the effort in the end. I hope you enjoy viewing my work.
My studio, the Studio at David's, came about by chance, and was a wonderful opportunity to expand and transform my styling and photo-styling abilities. Surrounded by gardens and art, I worked hard to create an old fashioned salon experience, with a modern and inspiring atmosphere! It truly allowed me to grow as an artist.
Please feel free to contact me with feedback, or for information.
You can contact me for commissions, appointments, or general hair advice.
The wonderful salons (seriously all of them) I've been lucky enough to work in over the years:
1987-1991 J.Cunningham & Co.
(Davis), junior stylist
1991-1996 All That Jaz
(Davis), senior stylist
1996-1997 Villa Salon & Spa (Sacramento), senior stylist
1997-1998 Sculpture Salon
(Sacramento), senior stylist
1998-2005 All That Jazz (form. Jaz), i.e. All That/Hair Artistry
(Davis), master stylist/owner
(Davis), master stylist
2005-2006 David's Haircutting
(Davis), master stylist/colorist
2006-2009 Hair Saloon, ie.
(Davis) Salon at Maple Court
(Davis), master stylist/colorist, educator
2009-present Cobalt's Salon & Gallery (Davis), owner, master stylist/colorist, educator