A friend of mine came to our annual Halloween bash dressed in a spectacular Day of the Dead costume. She had striking calavera makeup, and real roses in her hair. I like that the Day of the Dead holiday honors and celebrates the dead, and I love its colorful flamboyance. I used my friend's striking, powerful image as a basis for this piece, but I wanted to also show her unexpected gravitas, a glimpse of the sadness that seems unavoidable in context. This piece was first painted through a screen, and then gone back over with brush and squeegee. The sides of the gallery wrapped canvas are painted black, and the painting is wired and ready to hang.

- Martha Wade

Day of the Dead

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front

28" h x 22" w x 1.25" d
2 lbs. 13 oz.



Martha Wade
Sebastopol, California

Getting to Know Martha

Martha Wade is both a painter and a muralist. After owning and operating a mural business for nearly 20 years, she has discovered the joy and challenge of creating her own paintings, where she can explore a more personal and interior expression. Her background and training in theatre is evident in all her work. “I’m most drawn to the figure,” Martha says. “I am fascinated by how exquisitely attuned we are to our own kind, to the meaning that we can draw from the slightest nuance of gesture and movement and expression in one other.”