This piece started out as an oversized portrait of a woman dressed for the Day of the Dead. I tried everything I could think of, but couldn't make it work. So I flipped it over and painted a seated figure that I had been wanting to use- I loved the tattoo on his thigh. I left the roses that were a part of the earlier portrait, and added a woman behind him. I was intrigued by the ambiguity of the relationship between them.This painting was initially painted through a screen, and then painted over, with a lot of scraping and squeegeeing. The edges of the piece are painted dark grey, and it is wired and ready to hang.

- Martha Wade


Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front

38" h x 48" w x 1.5" d
14 lbs. 3 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.”