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B. Michele Maynard

Artist Statement


Pandemic lockdown resulted in a big shift in my work, a silver lining in my Covid cloud. Not able to travel and spend time with family and friends, I spent time with people and places by drawing and painting them referencing 30 years of photographs. My husband and I took these images while traveling and raising three sons, but I never had adequate time to peruse them. Lockdown gave me an opportunity to do this and the photos became the basis of my latest body of work. I went back to basics, spending newfound blocks of time to draw with oil stick and oil pastel from compilations of images. After a few months, I continued to develop this new direction in acrylic and Flashe paint, employing the looser techniques I have used in my more abstract pieces.

This is the most personal and deeply satisfying work I have ever done.