Art has always been important part of my life. My dad was a master artist, a true “Renaissance man,” and his creativity and temperament were a major influence on me. When I started seriously painting as a young adult, my style was hard edge. Like the coloring books I enjoyed as a child, I painted in solid colors with black outlines. I was living in Massachusetts at the time, and I was attracted to the character of New England architecture. When I moved to Florida in the early 80's, I stopped painting. The lush vegetation didn’t match my style or the mood of my work. But in the summer of 2001 when I found myself seeing images in my mind's eye everywhere, I began painting again.
I see beauty in the world wherever I go, and I constantly take photographs which I use later as inspiration for my art. Beyond buildings it's now the rich flora of Florida which inspires me, but I also enjoy illustrating my travels to other places. I’m a political being as well, and during the Trump administration my work took on a new direction. Concerned about social injustice, I was inspired to paint the resistance. Through my series “This Is What Democracy Looks Like,” I have recorded some of the many marches that I took part in to confront issues such as healthcare, women’s rights, climate change, education, and science. In all of my work my goal is to express what I felt at a particular moment in time, and my hope is to transport the viewer to the place I was in physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Most of my paintings are oils on canvas, but I also enjoy doing collages and watercolors. I prefer canvases that are 20”x 24” or 30”x 24,” sometimes miniatures, and some of my landscapes have required large canvases. I am happy to take on commissions particularly if people are interested in house portraits. Prices begin at $60 for 6”x6” paintings, $800 for 20” x 24,” $1,200 for 24” x 30,” and run to $3,000 for 36”x48.”
Maxine received a B.A. in Fine Arts Education and a Masters degree in Expressive Therapies. Since 2005, she has devoted her time to oil painting and writing fiction and non-fiction. A former columnist for BestofArtists.com, the Indian River Art News, and Examiner.com, she has published close to two hundred articles about the art community. As an artist member of Women in the Visual Arts, National Association of Women Artists, Artists of Palm Beach County, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, she has exhibited in countless juried shows and solo exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout south Florida including the Armory Art Center, Lighthouse ArtCenter, the Cornell Museum, and Palm Beach County Art in Public Places. In 2014 she wrote, illustrated, and published The Story of Daphne the Duck, a children’s picture book.
I grew up appreciating my dad’s love of art and his talent particularly when he took up pastels, and I have been proud to support my sister’s artistic career. I have acted as her manager over the decades that she’s been exhibiting her work, and I have represented my dad since his death.
My interest in creating collages began after a trip to Manhattan several years ago. I returned home with numerous items such as ticket stubs, maps and pictures that I accumulated on my trip and decided to use them to make a collage. That was my first effort, and many have followed. I love creating collages. They bring back memories of cutting out paper dolls in my childhood, and I enjoy the pasting as well. I now have a massive file filled with the large collection of various photographs and images from magazines and newspapers, which I use to create my works. Collages based on nature particularly inspire me, and I enjoy doing collage profiles or “portraits” of individuals.
Generally my pieces are 11” x 14” and 16” x 20” as those are the dimensions in which I particularly enjoy working. The 11” x 14” are $175. and 16” x 20” are $350. I am pleased to take commissions especially to do conceptual portraits.
In her early twenties, Janet studied painting with Richard Straley, an award winning artist, in Maplewood, New Jersey, and she has taken many other art classes throughout her adult life. She became a member of the Artists of Palm Beach County several years ago and took collage classes at the Art on Park Gallery. She credits her sister, who studied under Bruce Helander (the renowned collagist), with having passed on knowledge about the basics of collage design. Her work has been in numerous juried exhibitions in the Art on Park Gallery, ArtWorks Gallery, Clay, Glass, Metal, Stone Gallery, and the Box Gallery.
The Art of Pastel Painting
Pastels are dry chalks made of pigment and a weak, non-waxy binder that serves to hold the pigment particles together in the form of a chalkstick. These sticks come in several degrees of hardness, from very soft to medium hard. They can be applied with a sharp point or broadly with the side of the pastel stick and rubbed in with the fingers.
In prehistoric periods, images were made on walls of caves with natural chalks and clays. Pastel technique as it is known today was practiced in the middle of the seventeenth century by portrait artists like Robert Nanteuil (1625-78) and in the eighteenth century by Maurice Quentin de la Tour (1704-88). Its use was continued through the nineteenth century by Manet, Degas and Renoir and in the twentieth century by Picasso, Redon and Chagall.
Since pastels are applied in the form of dry chalk, colors remain very much the same as in the pigments from which they are made. Pastels are as lasting as painting of any medium and keep the range and clear intensity of the original pigments much more than does oil or encaustic technique.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Herman Schreiber graduated in 1934 from the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts. An artist, who used pastels exclusively, he was a disciple of the “School of Ultra Realistic Painting.” He created his pictures from photographs delicately rendering the final product which looks as real as life itself and often is mistaken for an actual photograph.
During his lifetime, Herman exhibited his work in galleries and museums in New Jersey where he won many awards including Blue Ribbons at the South Orange Annual Art Show, Bloomfield College, & Montclair State College exhibits.
In Florida 1985 – 1995, as a member of the Delray Art League, he exhibited in shows at Old School Square and other Delray sites and won numerous Blue, Red, and White Ribbons. In 1994 & 1995 his work was in the 55th & 56th Annual Juried Exhibitions at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach. Herman’s life ended on May 8, 1995. He is gone, but his work lives on bringing pleasure to all who view it.