I've been doing a series of paintings recently that focus on wrestling figures. I'm interested in the inherent tension that is evoked, and also how abstract the bodies become when they're actively struggling with one another. It becomes difficult to figure out who is who and what is what; the piece becomes more about the flesh itself, the power and solidity of it. I wanted to emphasize that further by placing the figures against a watery, nebulous background.

The piece was started by painting through fiberglass window screen, which was then removed from the canvas,leaving a unique pixelated texture to work against. The edges have been painted a dark purplish brown, and the painting is wired and ready to hang.

- Martha Wade

Into the Fray

Oil painting on canvas on wooden panel

Signed on front

24" h x 36" w x 1.5" d
7 lbs. 4 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.”