"Seeing makes me paint and painting makes me see."
Maxene Raymond is a pastelist, born in New York and currently living and working on Cape Cod. With a 30 year career in interior design, she has long been involved with the effects of color, space, and light. In 2009 she began studying pastel painting with Odin Smith at the Cape Cod Art Association and became a juried member there in 2010. In 2016, she was honored with the designation of Master Artist at the Cape Cod Art Association and in 2018 with Signature Membership in the Connecticut Pastel Society. She has studied with Liz Haywood Sullivan, Deb Quinn Munson, Christine Bodnar, Doug Dawson, Stan Sperlak, Marla Baggetta, Jean Hirons, Christine Ivers, Aline Ordman, Barbara Jaenicke, Gigi Leverant, Ken Elliott, Tony Allain, Alain Picard, Ed Chesnovitch, Tom Christopher, Michelle Mozzone, Jeanne Tangney, Jen Evenhus, and Deborah Stewart, and Jacob Aguiar, and Jeanne Rosier Smith.
Maxene is a member and board member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society ,and also holds memberships in the Pastel Society of America, the Falmouth Art Guild, and the Pastel Society of Maine. She is represented by the Eastwind Gallery in Orleans, MA and exhibits regularly with the Sandwich Arts Alliance.
Maxene has been juried into the following national shows for the Summer of 2018: The National Association of Women Artists 2018 Summer Small Works Show, The National at the Cape Cod Art Center, the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod’s For Pastels Only, the Cape Cod Art Center’s Bay State Open, where she was awarded Honorable Mention in Pastel and The Connecticut Pastel Society’s Purely Pastel Online Show.
2017 juried shows include The All New England at the Cape Cod Art Association, The Connecticut Pastel Society's Renaissance in Pastel, North Carolina’s Pure Color Online Show, and the Pastel Society of Maine’s Pastels Only, The Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod’s For Pastels Only, where she was honored with the Pastel Society of North Carolina Award, the Connecticut Pastel Society’s Purely Pastel, the Cape Cod Art Association’s All Cape Cod, where she was awarded an Honorable Mention, and the UArt Online Show.
2016 national juried exhibits include the New Hampshire Pastel Society’s It’s Pastel at Discover Portsmouth, Portsmouth, NH, the Connecticut Pastel Society’s Renaissance in Pastel at the Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, CT, and in the UArt Online Pastel Show, the All Cape Cod at the Cape Cod Art Association (Honorable Mention), the 50th Anniversary Summer Juried Exhibit at the Falmouth Art Center. As well, she exhibited in the Cape Cod Art Association’s 2017 Artist’s Vision and Treasures, 2016 Abstracts and Master Artists Exhibit 2016 and 2017, She has also shown at the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod Members Shows 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Maxene was awarded First Prize in Pastel in the 2015 Juried National at the Cape Cod Art Association and the Connecticut Pastel Society’s Award at the New Hampshire Pastel Society’s It’s Pastel Show in Portsmouth, NH. She has exhibited in the 2015 Juried Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod For Pastels Only at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, the Cape Cod Art Association’s national juried National and at the 2015 Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod and North River Arts Society Members Shows, at the Juried National and Juried All New England Shows at the Cape Cod Art Association in 2014, as well as at the Student Exhibit at the Cotuit Center for the Arts in 2014 and at the Guyer Barn in 2009.
Maxene uses various grounds (sanded papers, newsprint (!)) and under painting methods (acrylic, oil) layered with soft pastels. Originally concentrating on landscapes and seascapes, she has recently been working on impressionistic interiors, still lifes, and figures. As well, she has created a series of digitally altered photo prints based on her original paintings and underpaintings. Her simple impressionistic compositions employ bold color and mark making to convey the degree of energy she observes in her subjects.