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The picture below is titled “Phoenix of the Heart”. It’s Acrylic Flow medium and it represents what I have been going through recently in my heart as well as my artwork.
Welcome to my world. I love art, love to create art for its beauty and the glory of God…and I enjoy getting into my work. When I began painting, back in the mid 1980’s, I was a stay-at-home mom looking for something to do with my time while my kids whiled away their time during the day, being little kids. I began homeschooling them then needed an outlet even more. My “on-again-off-again” painting experience with acrylic paints was very slow and painfully self-taught. I desired to spend much time with it, but time was not what I had. I found myself begging God for the day when I could do nothing but paint.
Well...that day has arrived. I am retired and love every minute of it. I find myself some days forgetting what time it is because I am so involved in my painting. The styles I find I enjoy painting are landscapes and abstracts. I work with acrylic paints and am beginning to return to oils, and am loving it.
My Landscapes are created from actual places (I use reference photos), as well as a mix of actual places and creations from my imagination. Some of my Landscapes are purely from my imagination. These are always fascinating to see how they come out.
I have my hand in abstract where I enjoy the freedom of painting with not feeling tied dow to "this is a tree" or "this is a rock". I can ask myself “What are my emotions?”, “What am I feeling?” when I am painting this piece. I will most often pray before I begin a piece, asking God for His guidance in my work and ask Him.
When I began way back in the mid 1980’s, I’d watch Bob Ross on PBS, absorbing all he had to teach me. I’d translate his teachings into acrylics because I had young children around and didn’t want them touching, (and thus, destroying) my hard work. From there, I’d eventually devour any book from the library I could get which would teach me anything “art”. I also found myself “up close and personal” to many, many paintings “researching” their technique and brush stroke whenever I found myself in an art museum with my family on a field trip or on vacation. This was my "Art School", and still is today. I learn most and best by observation. I’ve recently added a few lessons from Wilson Bickford, a locally renowned artist in oil, to help me branch out in this area.
With the development of B Maxson Art Studios it is my desire to be able to share my artwork with anyone and everyone who enjoys art as much as I do. My goal is simple, paint and share my paintings with those who love my paintings. And of course, to give God the glory for this gift He has given me.
In November of 2018 I had 3 pieces accepted into the NCAC Juried Art Show. This was a thrilling time for me, as this was my first experience in a Juried Art Show. Some of my artwork can be found in Artistry at North Country CrossRoads shop in Gouverneur, NY. In September of 2019 I was accepted in the Juried Remington Art Festival in Canton, NY. I have multiple private collectors. It is my desire to continue to grow from here.