Martha Joanne Alf (born August 13, 1930) is an American artist. Her work consists of paintings, drawings and photographs of everyday objects, including pears and rolls of toilet paper.
Martha Alf was born August 13, 1930, in Berkeley California. She is the only child of Foster Wise Powell and Julia Vivian Kane. Her father was an attorney and her mother worked as a legal secretary often for her husband. When Martha was 2 years old her family moved to Winterset, Iowa to live with her grandparents. In 1938 the family moved to San Diego, California, where her father started work at a law firm. Martha grew up in La Mesa, California where she attended Grossmont High School, where she studied art. At San Diego State University she met her future husband, Edward Franklin Alf Jr. In 1951 they were married before Edward was drafted for service in Korea. They had one child.