take a walk on the wild side

can’t be concerned with what others think
whatever your passion, poison, or body type
always stay true to who you are, walk on the wild side
get crazy, be loud, or take time to yourself, walk tall and proud
and stay strong my people


walk on the wild side
24×24″ acrylic on wood
by Martha A. Wade


free spirit

i am a wild horse
breathing in the summer air
and running free


free spirit
36×38″ acrylic on canvas
by Martha A. Wade

came through fire

just like foxy brown in outer space
i came through my trials
and to the other side of the fire
better and stronger


came through the fire
24×30″ acrylic on canvas

female warrior


the idea for this piece came to me in a dream.  a vision of a female warrior saying “bring it on.”  i have been watching a lot of “Game of Thrones” lately, which might explain my fascination with woman and swords.  i have always carried a deep passion for portraying female strength in my work.

someone once said that i portray woman power in my work because i feel weak at times, and that my insecurities show in my work.  maybe there is a powerlessness i feel trying to maintain this adult life amidst while maintaining the jobs, kids, and creative expression.  so i paint strength, power, and never forget that we as a people must persevere.

female warrior
16×20″ acrylic on canvas
available via etsy ::: $200

unusually hard to hold onto


sometimes i struggle with the whole independent woman syndrome vs. the need to be vulnerable with someone.  it’s that inner struggle of self.  to want to be loved, but resisting the pull to give up freedom or self-expression for it.

i find myself becoming more comfortable in my own skin as i get older.  as a result, i don’t want to compromise or be ‘held down’ by anyone.  even if there is love.

perhaps some people are just not meant to be tamed.  they are destined to run free like a wild horse until finding someone just as strong and free to hold.

unusually hard to hold onto
24×36″ mixed media on wood
by Martha A. Wade

submerged and ready to spring


i started this piece over two years ago when i was in a somewhat stiffing relationship. feeling trapped underwater like being in a cramped fishbowl. the update for this year includes much more texture and detail to the piece, along with more to the title. i was submerged, but am ready to spring up and out and back to life!

submerged and ready to spring
30×40″ mixed media on canvas
acrylic, spray paint, glass beads, black rocks
available via etsy


chasing your dreams


chasing your dreams
18×24″ acrylic on canvas, on canvas
available ::: $450


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