Photograph of Artist MAXINE PRICE
MAXINE PRICE
Wimberley, Texas - United States



Original Artworks (1)

Maxine Price; Revlections On The Guadalupe, 2010, Original Painting Oil, 48 x 48 inches. Artwork description: 241  Oil on wrapped canvas, framed ...
Maxine Price
Original Oil Painting, 2010
48 x 48 inches (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
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Artist Statement


I began experimenting with the palette knife about 10 years ago in an effort to
capture textures that I couldn’t achieve with a brush. Now, I find that I am no
longer satisfied with what I call “flat painting” so, at the most basic level, my
work is an exploration of the medium of oil paint and the method of applying
it to canvas with a knife. There is an element of experimentation every time I
paint – to see how far I can push the medium to achieve the idea I wish to
convey.

I work in many different series, most of them ongoing, and each beginning with
a different concept. Inspiration comes from many sources including old walls
and dilapidated buildings, signs, rocks and rusted things. I am fascinated with the
accidental beauty found in debris. Subject matter varies but method and medium
remain consistent. My strokes differ considerably according to the series or to
the subject. I try continually to invent new strokes and new ways to work the
pigment with the palette knife.

I work wet into wet, layering thicker pigment over thinner pigment. This becomes
a journey with unpredictable detours and outcomes which must be resolved along
the way. Once I begin, I work spontaneously and intuitively, allowing the painting
itself to lead me to the next stroke. For me, painting with some degree of speed is
a necessary part of the process in working wet into wet. It allows me to be able to
scratch and scrape into the wet surface and allows the layers of pigment to interact
in ways that can’t happen once a painting is dry. I like the final results to show the
energy and emotion that are a part of the creation of that painting. The residue of
accidental happenings can also contribute to keeping my work it fresh, exciting,
alive and full of unplanned surprises.

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