This painting is based on a photo taken of my daughter when she was quite young. She and a friend had been happily playing with face paint together, but eventually they got tired and the playdate disintegrated. My husband caught this image of her, and we realized later how desolate she looked. When I first painted this, I didn't like it at all. It had too much of a sad clown aspect. I was fed up and ready to paint over it, so I slapped orange paint on the front and ran a squeegee down over it. Suddenly and unexpectedly, the entire feel of it changed. Now I feel good about it. The painting is gallery wrapped, and the sides are painted a dark rusty brown. It is wired on the back and ready to hang.

- Martha Wade

Game, Over

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front

20" h x 24" w x 1.5" d
3 lbs. 0 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.”