Martha A. Wade is a self-taught artist from Chicago currently painting and working from her gallery in the Oak Park Arts District. As the daughter of an artist father, she has always carried a deep passion for art making. Martha would watch her father paint from a young age, and longed for a canvas of her own. She began to teach herself drawing by pausing cartoons on video and copying the image. Today her paintings have a bold and vibrant style that explores mankind’s potential on earth and throughout the universe.
In her new body of work, Wade creates a fantasy of humans made from stardust, who uplift our spirits by giving us a glimpse of what people can achieve at their highest potential. Her tapestry of famous and everyday people suggest that common grounds exist, where everyone is empowered to fulfill their dreams.
Once fearful of the “starving artist” stereotype, Wade chose to attain her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan rather than fine art in 2000. After years of working in the financial services industry, her creative spark could no longer be squelched. Martha had no choice but to make a change and go back to school in the arts. She received her Masters of Art Management from Columbia College Chicago in 2008, where she learned the graphic design, web production, and video skills needed to begin her artistic career on her own.
Martha then built her own website, and started posting images of her work. The love Wade’s art received online through social media gave her the courage to show more work, and devote her life to painting nearly 5 years ago. Martha Wade’s work can be found in private collections nationally in the United States as well as internationally in Scotland, Ireland, and Sweden.
“We are all connected, to each other and the universe. If you look closely into our eyes, you can see the same cluster of stars and particles as seen deep in the universe. People are capable of great things if they only realize we are made of the same matter as stars. I hope that art lovers will connect with my work and feel inspired by the positive images of humanity. This collection is a view of the world at the highest potential. The purpose of my artwork is to share love and light through creativity, as a way of genuinely engaging with the world as a real contributor.” — Martha A. Wade