Born and raised in Maine, Martha Wakefield is deeply attuned to its sea swept lands and unforgiving shore. Her internal geography of memory and impression originates in Maine and serves as a springboard for studies of love, loss, and deep emotions. Schooled at the University of Vermont and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Wakefield returned to Boston following a successful career in New York City’s fashion industry to pursue her unfinished business as a full time artist.
Wakefield cites the Bay Area Figurative painters as important influences, 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. She has studied with Wolf Kahn, Skip Lawrence, Stuart Shils and Jon Imber.
Her work strives to capture the importance of this world – its mysterious and ancient past, as well as its continual rebirth and regeneration. And so she makes art, writes about it, and teaches it to others – it’s more likely than not that she dreams of it too. Wakefield’s many awards and presence in private and corporate collections in United States and Canada stand testament to her longstanding dedication and talents.