B. Michele Maynard
Pandemic lockdown at my art studio 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 from 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 and process all of them. Lockdown gave me an opportunity to do this, and the photos became the basis of the body of work shown here. I went back to basics, spending newfound blocks of time drawing with oil stick and oil pastel from compilations of images. After a few months, I continued developing this new direction in acrylic and Flashe paint, drawing on looser techniques I have employed in abstract pieces.
This is the most personal and deeply satisfying body of work I’ve ever done.