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Mary's work has shown in many juried national exhibitions, including Oil Painters of America, the Midwest and National Watercolor Societies. She has won signature membership in the National, Northwest and Montana Watercolor Societies, and has contributed both painting and written work for book and magazine articles on painting and design. Publications include "Watercolor Magic","Gray's Sporting Journal", and "Paint Mixing, the 12-Hue Method" by Rockport Press.
|Pink Peonies Floral|
| A native of Idaho, Mary Maxam finds inspiration for her paintings in the beautiful scenery and gardens of the Northwest. She is a graduate of Boise State University and has studied in many professional workshops, teaching art for many years herself. Mary works in watercolor, acrylic and oil for her landscape and still life works. Her paintings are a response to familiar subjects, seen daily and discoveries that take place through the painting process. She has, since fall of '09 begun posting small works at her daily paintings site. . |
Interview with Mary
K: When did you first become interested in Painting?
M: I’ve been interested in art for as long as I can remember and painting in any medium, especially drew my eye. In about the 6th grade, my dad bought me my first book of paintings from all different periods and styles. I remember poring over it repeatedly, and still have it.
K: Who are some of the artists that you admire or have inspired you?
M: I find most all the Impressionists, Van Gogh and Degas, particularly inspiring. Then, Sargent, Sorolla and many illustrators like NC Wyeth and Howard Pyle as well. They are all wonderfully expressive in their choices of subject, use of color, and dynamic compositions. And, I ‘m drawn to dynamic brushwork as well, which they all excel at.
K: Where do you find inspiration for your works of art and are you drawn more to one genre than another?
K: I live in North Idaho, and the landscape and gardens of the Northwest are generally where I find much of my subject matter. However, I never quite know what will draw my eye on a given day. I enjoy what I call ‘found still life’, which include the apple branches, flowers in gardens, or even the random colorful setups and people I see while shopping. I like curved flowing line, color and contrast, sometimes regardless of the particular subject.
K: What is your favorite medium to work in and why?
M: I started painting in watercolor and gouache (a kind of tempera) and continued for several years, exhibiting in several national juried shows. However, I started experimenting with using the paint in thicker layers, and using more expressive brushwork, and that led me to the acrylics and oils I now use. I enjoy the versatility that oil gives, and the longer working time. I’ve been working primarily in oils for about seven years now.
K: Do you use photos, the subject itself or paint plein aire?
M: I enjoy both and am currently planning for several painting days on our upcoming trip to Montana. I’ll also take a lot of photos, do sketches and make notes to myself when I have ideas about particular color schemes or compositional ideas. Then, I‘ll bring it all home and develop work in my studio using those resources.
Mary what advice do you have for aspiring artists of any age?
I read somewhere that the search for methods and materials is a search for language, and I think that’s true for many of us. When I taught, I always told students to jump in and not let the white page or certain materials intimidate them. There are so many wonderful resources online to learn from and classes to investigate. Draw a lot and expose yourself to a variety of artists and styles. By weeding out your likes and dislikes, you’ll soon find yourself with a direction of your own.
K: Where are you showing and where can your beautiful works of art be purchased?
My local galleries are Angel (Coeur d’Alene, ID) Entrée Gallery (Nordman, ID) and Gallery4South (Wenatchee, WA)
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