My son was leaving for college in the fall, and his girlfriend lives here. I photographed them together. They played around with the costumes I have in my studio, and I was struck by the juxtaposition of the modern jacket and the Renaissance gown. I was also interested in the ambiguous positioning of his hand- it can be read as tender, but it's also a little unsettling. This piece is painted on a wooden panel. You can see bits here and there from the beginning part of my painting process, where I paint through window screen placed directly on the surface of the panel, and squeegee the paint through, after which I remove the screen. This piece is wired and ready to hang. The edges are dark grey. 

- Martha Wade


Oil painting on wood

Signed on front

30" h x 24" w x 1.5" d
4 lbs. 7 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.”