The woman in this painting is in her early 80s, and graciously agreed to sit for me. I was thrilled, because the long and not always easy journey she has taken is written clearly in her face. I was also struck by the beauty of her hands, which are careworn and quite arthritic. I wanted to convey her imposing strength and dignity- she is clearly not someone you would want to mess with. This piece was painted through a screen first, and a lot of the resulting pixelated texture is still evident.

The painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished dark grey edges. It comes wired to hang. 

- Martha Wade


Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on front

22" h x 28" w x 1.3" d
1 lbs. 15 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.”