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Marie Maines

“The more I learn about art, the more I realize how much there is to know. However, the learning process becomes more exciting and more compelling with each new composition. I feel very lucky to have such a wonderful obsession.”


Marie Maines is a retired first grade teacher who has always wanted to be an artist “when she grows up”. She has a B.S. degree from Murray State University at Murray, Kentucky (1959) and an M.A. degree from Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis, Indiana (1988). Her art training consists of classes taken at the Indianapolis Art Center, private classes, self-study, workshops and many visits to museums and galleries. Marie has been showing at juried art fairs since 1996 and many of her pieces are now in private, corporate, international and museum collections.


Marie Maines work consists primarily of landscapes, including natural and man-made forms. Each image evolves from something she has actually seen and responded to emotionally. She usually works from photographs, but these are always photographs that she has taken herself. She walks in and around an area, making field notes about such things as color, mood, and light. Some drawings are done “plein aire”, but she finds her approach is very similar whether working from life or from a photograph. After getting her inspiration she makes a preliminary drawing, and then begins her dialogue with the paper. Whether working from a photograph or outside, Marie might never glance back at the image or scene again from that point forward. As she continues, she begins modifying the composition, color, and space, trying to create the mood that attracted her to the image in the first place.

Marie usually begins her drawings on a surface toned with either pastel or an acrylic wash. After a preliminary sketch, she begins immediately with very soft pastels. These primarily include Schminke, Unison and Terry Ludwig. Until recently, the ground consisted almost exclusively of gessoed and toned watercolor paper stretched onto canvas stretchers. However, she is now using other surfaces, such as commercial and self-prepared sanded pastel papers. Her most recent experimentation has been with a non-traditional application of pastels. As each layer of pastel is applied, it is sprayed with a solution of archival PVA glue/size. This allows the painting to be displayed without glass.

Marie Maines awards include:
2000 – Hoosier Salon – Indianapolis, Indiana (purchase award by Indiana State Museum for permanent collection)
2000 – Festival of Fine Arts – Ocala, Florida (purchase and merit)
2001 – Downtown Art Fair – Gainesville, Florida (merit)
2002 – Downtown Art Fair – Gainesville, Florida (Best in Show)
2003 – LowerTown Fine Arts Festival -Paducah, Kentucky (First and six purchase awards)
2004 – Austin Pastel Society (merit and honorable mention)
2005 – Central Texas Pastel Society (merit)
2005/2006 – Pastel Society of the Southwest (merit)
2005/2006 -Texas and Neighbors Juried Exhibition
2006 – Visual Arts Coalition of Dallas Juried Exhibition
2006 – Pastel Society of America (New York) Juried Exhibition
2006 – Downtown Art Fair – Gainesville, Florida (merit)
2006 – Pastel Society of the Southwest (merit)
2007 – Artists’ Showplace Nat’l Exhibition, Dallas, TX (merit)
2007 – Boardwalk Art Show – Virginia Beach, VA (Drawing Award)
2008 – Pastel Society of the Southwest National Show (merit)
2008 – Pastel Society of New Mexico National Show (merit)

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