MArtha Wakefield

My art is tied intimately to my world, the journeys I have made and continue to travel. Memories and impressions become a visual statement as I explore love, loss and what remains.

Martha Wakefield, Maine born, studied fashion design at the University of Vermont and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. After a successful career in New York City’s fashion industry she moved to the Boston area and continued to consult to the fashion world. This business provided opportunities to return to her avocation in art before becoming fully committed to painting in 2007.

Wakefield has studied with Wolf Kahn, Jon Imber and Skip Lawrence. Each of these artists has inspired her color perception and composition. She also cites the Bay Area Figurative painters as important influencers especially Richard Diebenkorn for his abstraction of the landscape and luminous surfaces, Elmer Bischoff for his sophisticated palette and Nathan Oliveira for his emotional imagery and mark-making.

Wakefield is represented by Powers Gallery of Massachusetts. Her paintings have been featured in The Palette Magazine; Wild Apples: A Journal of Nature, Art and Inquiry; and on the book covers: Splash Plein Air Poetry, and Shadow and Light, A Literary Anthology on Memory. She was a staff writer for The Palette Magazine from 2008 - 2016 where she wrote several articles featuring professional artists and painting techniques. Wakefield also teaches art classes and workshops in the Boston area. Her paintings have won many awards and are in private and corporate collections in United States and Canada.


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