Written by Wendy Newell (my creative, intelligent sister…art and dog lover)
I’m smart enough to surround myself with super talented people. One of the most talented is my super good friend, Martha Rich. I met Martha through mutual friends ions ago (I refuse to count the years) and since then we have spent endless hours drinking wine, gossiping, and watching the Gilmore Girls (seriously love that show). Martha has taught me more things than I can count but one thing she has pounded into my brain is a love for original art. Prior to Martha the only requirement for what I hung on my wall was that the colors matched my room color palate. (Note to you — Never tell an artist you are choosing a painting, picture, wall hanging, etc. based on it’s colors matching what is in your living room. It may cost you your life.) Now I’m lucky enough to have not only Martha art all over my house but prints of other artist friends plus originals I picked up — just cause. I know! I’m so fancy!
Martha started her art career after giving a thumbs down to her office career. Going back to school post divorce and refusing to give up on her dream. Seriously. How freakin’ cool is that? Role model to us all.
I love Martha’s art not only because I love Martha but because of what it is. Always feminine (she went through an underwear/bra faze that was BRILLIANT), sometimes sarcastic, a touch of juvenile whimsy, often an underlining sadness about relationships, all wrapped up in a pretty picture! And maybe not important to an “artist” but important to some of (most of) us “buyers” totally accessible. You aren’t turning your head and squinting saying, “I think I get it” or “why would he put a bloody headless bunny in that picture.” Both sentences I’ve said out loud during art shows I’ve attended with, or to support, Martha.
Now, like most original art, her items can have a significant price tag. Although when you compare it to other original art it is pretty darn affordable. You should check out some of her originals for sale on her web site — www.martharich.com.
BUT if you don’t have that kind of disposable cash on hand no worries. YOU CAN NOW GET MARTHA PRINTS FOR CRAZY CHEAP (as a salesperson I know I shouldn’t say “cheap” I should say “inexpensive” or “affordable” but as my dad says, “I call it like I see it.”). Do it! Go and purchase a couple very cool prints from a upcoming and talented artist.
“Painting cakes and food are a means of comfort to me. Cakes represent hope. They are baked for celebrations and for good times. Everyone likes cakes. If someone bakes you a cake you know you are cared for, but real cakes are temporary and if you eat too much you may feel sick. These cakes care forever and won’t make you sick.” ~ Martha Rich