Martha Wakeman studied at Tyler School of Art in Rome and holds a B.S. in Art Education from Skidmore College and an M.A. and M.F.A. from Villa Schifanoia-Rosary College Graduate School of Fine Art (Dominican University) in Florence, Italy.
According to Wakeman, “Journey, the memories, the dreams and the reflections along the road one travels, has been a constant theme in my painting. I sometimes see reality as a series of dreams, of encounters, of momentary, fleeting fragile yet often beautiful experiences. Italy, where I spent ten years and where we still return yearly, has been and continues to be a strong source of inspiration. Memories of people and of the Italian landscape with its extraordinary light have influenced my painting.”
She has exhibited her paintings and pastels in Florence, Milan, Connecticut and New York. Her work is in collections in the U.S. Europe, New Zealand and Canada.
Wakeman has taught in the summer session at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. She has also taught at Gonzaga University in Florence, at Palazzo Rucellai in Florence, and at Connecticut College. She created Art and Study Retreats in Italy, one of which was a nine-day Drawing and Pastel workshop at the Pensione Bencistà in the Fiesole hills above Florence in 2012.