dream big


dream big
36×36″ oil and acrylic on wood

this piece was inspired by Misty Copeland, the third ever black ballerina soloist (and first in two decades) to dance with the American Ballet Theater, where she has endured the cultural pressure associated with this role.  in this painting, she is riding gracefully, seemingly effortlessly on top an Orca whale.  these whales swim thousands of miles, and can live for up to a hundred years.

in the financial markets a “whale” client is a big get, a huge catch.  the painting was created to speak to everyone with a dream. when people tell you its impossible.  just keep going, and ride that killer whale all the way to the top of the stars!


this painting is based on a recent photo of Jennifer Hudson.  i heard her speak about how determined she was to be healthy and get in shape.  she is now running every morning at the crack of dawn, and cooking healthy meals with her husband.

it inspired me to keep working toward my fitness goals, and reminds me that it takes a lot of hard work and determination to become the person you always wanted to be.



17×22″ acrylic on canvas
by Martha A. Wade