Monica Maxwell has been creating art since childhood and is primarily a self-taught artist. Through her early years, she created representational artwork in soft pastel, charcoal, oil and watercolor. Monica attained a degree in architecture at the University of Cincinnati School of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning and spent 10 years in commercial real estate and development doing graphic design and interior design/space planning. In 2005, she left the corporate world and has spent more time focusing on her art. Monica relocated to Texas in 2008 and now resides in Keller with her husband and two daughters.
In 2004, Monica threw out the constraint of product and started to focus purely on the act of creation. She approaches the blank sheet with no preconceived notion of what the piece will be. The works are created through a process of applying color, blending and scraping until satisfied with the result. During the process, she rotates the paper each direction to keep her mind on the experience of creating and to keep from focusing on any images that may evolve. The pieces can be displayed in any direction; often, assorted images seem to appear depending on the orientation of the piece. They have been compared to colorful cloud pictures, each viewer interacting with the piece, seeing distinctive images and creating their own meaning.