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 Martha Jane Bradford  (1946 - )

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Lived/Active: Alabama/New Hampshire      Known for: landscape, still life

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Martha Bradford, born in Hanover, New Hampshire, is known for her realistic landscapes, especially of Maine and architectural subjects. She also does still lifes, and her preferred mediums are digital drawing, pastel, and charcoal. In addition she is an etcher and serigrapher.

Bradford has spent most of her professional life in Brookline, Massachusetts, and Round Pond, Maine. She has also painted in California and Arizona

1989, Massachusetts Artist Fellowship, Finalist, Painting
1985, Massachusetts Artist Fellowship, Fellow, Drawing

1998 Maine Coast Artists, Rockport ME, "The Inhabited Landscape"
1996 Round Top Center for the Arts, Damariscotta ME, "Paintings and Prints"
1996 - 1982 Clark Gallery, Lincoln MA, solo shows: 1996, 1993, 1991, 1989, 1986, 1982
1989 Artists Foundation, Boston MA, "Small Landscapes"

Artist's Statement:

"Although I work in many different media (digital drawing, acrylic,charcoal, etching, lithography, pastel, silkscreen), my images have consistently been realist landscapes which show ordinary scenes transformed by light in a way that suggests a spiritual narrative.

Maine has always been a major source of subject matter, but I also find material in the greater Boston area and when traveling. Occasionally I work from life, but more frequently my images start with photographic slides. A couple of years ago I started using Fractal Design Painter to manipulate the images on a computer before arriving at a final version to paint. Most recently I have working entirely in Painter, producing
hand-rendered digital charcoal drawings using a stylus and a digitizing tablet. These are output as fine art Iris prints on rag paper.

The ease of experimenting that the computer offers plus the ability to store and compare dozens of variations has sharpened my work from the beginning compositional stages to the final drawings. Because I like a high level of detail, I work very slowly, taking several months per piece.

I am influenced by almost everything I see, but certain artists have been very important to me, among them Hopper, Porter, Inness, and the Luminists.

I began drawing and painting as a child. I was raised mostly in Easton, Pennsylvania, and attended Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where I majored in English. I am self-taught as an artist. Professional affiliations include the Board of the Boston Printmakers.

I have traveled in the American West and Southwest, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, England, France, Nova Scotia, Peru, and Quebec.

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