About the Artist

I do digital drawings and collages which I print as limited fine art print editions. The drawings are landscapes printed on paper, and the collages are abstract decorative constructions usually printed on canvas and presented as hanging scrolls. I have a 30-year exhibition history with Clark Gallery in Lincoln MA and my work is included in many museum, corporate, and private collections. I also use my digital drawings to create virtual Immersive Art in Second Life, Inworldz, and other virtual reality grids.

For more info about my real life work, please go to http://marthajanebradford.blogspot.com/

And info about my virtual art can be found here: http://alizaringoldflake.blogspot.com/ Photographs of virtual art: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alizaringoldflake/
Youtube videos of virtual art: http://www.youtube.com/user/AlizarinGoldflake


Although I have worked in many different media over the course of my career (acrylic, charcoal, digital, etching, lithography, pastel, and silkscreen), the look of the land, the sea, and the sky have always been my consistent interest. The subjects of my landscapes are ordinary scenes transformed by light in a way that suggests a spiritual narrative. My photorealistic style aims to recreate the details of my experiences of this numinous quality of the phenomenal world in order to share the experiences as completely as possible with the viewer.

Maine has always been a major source of subject matter, but I also find material in the greater Boston area and when traveling. Because I like a high level of detail, I work very slowly, usually taking several months per piece.


When I first began digital drawing in the eary 1990’s, my goal was to demonstrate that the medium could be used to create work that was equal in quality to work created with traditional media, specifically charcoal, pastel, and etching. Recently, however, the pixel has begun to emerge from behind the scenes. My new look features the pixels as integral not only to the process but also to the visual sparkle of the textures in the new drawings. This incorporation of my technology into my look also extends to the printing of the drawings. They are now output on multiple panels on my Epson 4000. The panels function as compositional elements that reflect the modular nature of the digital medium.

My digital drawings are drawn just like my charcoals, lithographs, and pastels except that I use digital tools, including a software program called Corel Painter 10 and a Wacom pressure-sensitive digitizing tablet and stylus. I create a blank file of the right size and resolution to produce the final image and select a paper texture, a color, and a drawing tool. As I draw, the tablet and stylus electronically translate the motions of my hand into strokes that look as though they were made with the drawing tool I have selected (charcoal pencil or pastel, for example). I see these strokes occurring real-time on my monitor. The finished digital files are proofed and printed in limited editions using archival inks on fine art rag paper. They are not reproductions, nor are they manipulated photographs. They are original prints drawn by hand.

* "Through the Virtual Looking Glass," a crossover art exhibit produced by the Virtual Art Initiative
* The Winter Bear: machinima (virtual video) stage sets for the play by Alaska laureate writer Anne Wood Hanley, directed by Jayne Wenger, Cyrano's Off Center Playhouse, 10/31 – 11/13/2010, Anchorage

2008 Clark Gallery, Lincoln MA, “Clouds&Coal” 2008, “Looking Inward Looking Out” 2005; “New Drawings: Digital Charcoals” 2001; “Surroundings” 1996; “Paintings of Lincoln County”1993; “New Work “ 1991; “Cultivated Spaces/Charcoal Drawings” 1989; “Realism: Four Points of View” 1986; “Large Drawings” 1982
2006 Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown OH, “Digital Drawings”
2002 Uptown Gallery, New York NY, “Digital Charcoal Drawings”
1998 Maine Coast Artists, Rockport ME, “The Inhabited Landscape”
1996 Round Top Center for the Arts, Damariscotta ME, “Paintings and Prints”
1989 Artists Foundation, Boston MA, “Small Landscapes”

AWARDS: 1989 Massachusetts Artist Fellowship, Finalist, Painting; 1985, Fellow, Drawing

Art Complex Museum, Duxbury MA [Charles Weyerhaeuser]
Boston Public Library, Boston MA [Sinclair Hitchings]
The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown OH [Louis Zona]
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln MA [Rachel Lafo, Frederick P. Walkey]
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland ME [Suzette Lane McAvoy]
Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge MA [Marjorie B. Cohn, Konrad Oberhuber]
Nelson Gallery/Atkins Museum, Kansas City MO [George L. McKenna]
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City UT [E.F.Sanguinetti]
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ [Ms. Trudy V. Hansen]

• Virtual Treeline: a Celebration of Trees in Virtual Space, Juanita Deharo, Blurb, 2010, p 14-16
• 60 Years of North American Prints:1947 – 2007, David Acton, The Boston Printmakers, 2009, p 136-7
• The Painter XII Wow! Book, Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, Peachpit Press, 2011; Painter IX, 2005, pp 216-217; Painter X, p.200; Painter XI, p 199
• Second Life: Performing the Real in Digital Arts, Dr. Leman Giresunlu (Assistant Professor Doctor,
American Culture and Literature, Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir, Turkey), presented at Arts 2009,
International Conference on the Arts in Society, Venice, Italy, July 31
• Oyster Bay, Morris Vig, Blurb, 2008
• When Walls Become Doorways, Tobi Zausner, Harmony Books, 2006, p 191, 195-7
• Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly, Spring 2006, “Bragging Rights,” Emily Harrison Weir, p 25
• The Archaeologists Toolkit, Barbara Kipfer, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK, 2006, “How To
Do a Digital Drawing”
• Mastering Digital Printing, Harald Johnson, Muska & Kipman, 2003, p 98, 341, 353
• Digital Fine Art Magazine, Fall 2001, “Digital Charcoal,” Linda DeNicola, p 41 - 43
• Repeated Exposure: Photographic Imagery in the Print Media, George L. McKenna, Nelson Gallery/Atkins Museum, Kansas City MO, 1982, p 86

Digital skills: ArtRage (painting), Painter (drawing); Photoshop (collages, image manipulation); Blender (beginner), Rokuro, and Tokoroten (3-D shapes); Fraps (machinima/video); Audacity (sound remixing)

Other media: acrylic, charcoal, etching, lithography, oil, pastel, silkscreen

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (partial list):
2011 The Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham MA, A Community of Artists 2011, 2009, 2008, 2006; The New Landscape: Alternative Approaches 2006
2011 Boston Printmakers Biennial, Danforth Museum, Framingham MA; Jim Dine, juror
2011 New England Biolabs, Ipswich MA, arranged by Art Focus
2010 World Expo, Shanghai China, The Madrid Pavilion, Air Tree exhibit, Aquarella:The Fable (machinima), curator: Cristina Lasuen-Garcia
2010 The Harbor Gallery, UMass Boston, Through the Virtual Looking Glass: A Mixed Reality Exhibition of the Art of Virtual Worlds, the Virtual Art Initiative, curator: Dr. Gary Zabel
2010 Museum of Computer Art, Brooklyn NY, New Media/Video, The Mysterious Forest, March-April
2010 Clark Gallery, Lincoln MA, On Paper; 1981 – 2010 Seasonal Group Shows; Thru a Window 1997
2009 Neutral Ground Gallery, Regina, Canada, How We Play (Soil Digital Media Suite): the Caerleon Artists Collective Project(ion) Space by Andrew Burrell including my Metempsyche’s Garden.
2009 Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown OH, 73rd National Midyear, 2009 juror: George Adams; 72nd National Midyear, 2008 First Prize, juror: Don Eddy; 71st National Midyear, 2007
juror: Larry Salander; 70th National Midyear, 2007 juror: Peter Plagens; Beecher Center for Technology, Digital Artists: Recent Works, 2003; Mainstream America: The Collection of Phil Desind, 1987
2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival, Boston Is Watching/Lecture and Interactive Presentation about Art in Second Life (tm), Boston Public Library, April 25; TechArt III, South Shore Art Center, Cohasset MA, juror: Carl Fudge, 2007; Three Columns Gallery, Mather House, Harvard University, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: a mouse in the studio, 2001
2007 The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury MA, The Boston Printmakers’ Sixty Years of North American Prints: Creating Public Collections, curator: David Acton, The Worcester Art Museum; THREE: EES Arts, 2006; Time Remembered, Time Past 2004; The Light Beyond 1996
2005 Boston Printmakers National Shows. 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999: Boston University, Boston, MA; 1995: Art Complex Museum, Duxbury MA; 1993: BU; 1990: Fitchburg Museum, Fitchburg MA; 1980: DeCordova Museum, Lincoln MA, Purchase Award, jurors: Gabor Peterdi, Frederick Walkey
2004 Uptown Gallery, New York NY, New Season New Works 2003 Summer Group Show
2003 Boston Public Library, Boston MA, Works by Women from the Collection
2001 DeCordova Museum, Lincoln MA: 2001 Landscapes Seen and Imagined: Sense of Place, 2000 Recent Acquisitions,1978 Director’s Choice,1976 Patrons’ Choice: New England Artists Under 36
1998 Maine Coast Artists, Rockport ME, When Pixels Replace Paint
1989 Fitchburg Museum, Fitchburg MA, Monocular Vision, curator: Frederick P. Walkey
1987 Brockton Art Museum, Brockton MA, Triennial Exhibition
1982 Nelson Gallery/Atkins Museum, Kansas City MO, Repeated Exposures, George L. McKenna

VIRTUAL ART: avatar Alizarin Goldflake, platforms: InWorldz, Craft, Open Sim, Reaction Grid, Second Life
Second Life art studio: Atelier Alizarin http://slurl.com/secondlife/Lie/222/189/35

April 25, 2009: Boston Cyberarts Festival, “Boston Is Watching/Lecture and Interactive Presentation about Art in Second Life (tm), Boston Public Library
October 15, 2006: “Digital Drawing,” Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown OH
March 19, 2006: “Digital Drawing,” Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham MA
April 26, 2001: “Digital Drawing,” Mather House, Harvard University, Cambridge MA

The Boston Printmakers, executive board 1995 – 2005, member since 1980
EES Arts, Hyde Park MA, 2005 – 2007
National Association of Photoshop Professionals
Society of American Graphic Artists, New York

The Boston Globe (Boston MA), Cate McQuaid, April 1, 2005, page D19
The Patriot Ledger (Boston MA), Jon Lehman, July 31, 2004, pages 48 - 49
The Brookline Tab (Brookline MA), June 26, 2003, page 19; May 24, 2001, p. 31
The Camden Herald (Camden ME), June 29, 2000
The Lincoln County Weekly (Damariscotta ME), November 12, 1998
The Lincoln County News (Damariscotta ME), November 19, 1998; June 27, 1996; October 14, 1993, front page photo; October 7, 1993, page 9a
Lincoln Journal (Lincoln MA), Calendar, “Pick of the Week,” February 15, 1996, page 13
Washington Citizen (Washington DC), September 24, 1994, page 13
The Brookline Citizen, Calendar, October 8, 1993
Art New England, Robert Craven, April/May 1993, page 62
The Boston Globe, Nancy Stapen, April 18, 1991, page 69
The Boston Globe: "Calendar" section, "Critic's Tip," Christine Temin, March 28, 1991, page 22
The Boston Herald, Joanne Silver, May 5, 1989, page S21
The Lincoln Journal, Marty Carlock, December 22, 1998; December 14, 1989
The Boston Globe: "Calendar" section: "Critic's Tip," Christine Temin, March 27, 1986, page 30
Art New England, Jody Zellen, May 1983, Vol.4, No. 6, page 8
The Boston Globe, Christine Temin, December 2, 1982, page 61

Aetna Casualty and Surety, Hartford CT
Ashland Oil, Inc., Atlanta/Minneapolis/New York
Bank of Boston, Boston MA
The Boston Company, Boston MA
The Boston Globe, Boston MA
Fidelity Management and Research Company, Boston MA
General Electric, Fairfield CT and Waltham MA
Graphic Chemical Co., Villa Park IL
Harvard Business School, Cambridge MA
Insurance Company of North America, New York NY
John Hancock, Boston MA
Johnson & Johnson, Inc., Charleston SC
Pepsico, Somers CT
Prudential Insurance Company, Chicago Il
Rembrandt Graphic Arts Co., Rosemont NJ
Security Pacific National Bank, Los Angeles CA
Standard Oil of Ohio, Petroleum Headquarters, Houston TX

TRAVEL: American West and Southwest, Antigua, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, England, France, Nova Scotia, Peru, Puerto Rico, Quebec

Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley MA, B.A. with Distinction 1968, English Composition; Minor in French; Sarah Williston Scholar; Bernice McLean Award in Biology
Museum of Fine Arts, Evening School, Boston MA, Lithography 1972-74

http://www.marthavista.com http://www.worldprintmakers.com
Blog: http://marthajanebradford/blogspot.com

VIRTUAL ART: avatar Alizarin Goldflake, platforms: InWorldz, Craft, Open Sim, Reaction Grid, Second Life
Second Life art studio: Atelier Alizarin http://slurl.com/secondlife/Lie/222/189/35
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alizaringoldflake/3121373178/
Blog: http://alizaringoldflake.blogspot.com/
YOUTUBE Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/AlizarinGoldflake
Machinima Titles: Acquarella: The Fable, Acquarella, Anza Borrego Oak, Metemspyche's Garden, Studio Tour, The Mysterious Forest, The Maze