Max never doubted that she would become an artist. She credits the encouragement of, and fostering by, public school teachers with helping her keep this dream alive. So, if you are looking for her, you will most likely find Max painting or drawing in her Auburn, California studio.
"I'm mad for color. My drawings in pastels and my acrylic and mixed media canvases hum with the hues I’ve observed
from ordinary life then altered to fit my vision of vibrancy. More often than not, this translates to “I think this needs
more red.” At this point the fascinating process of creating layers of color, incrementally washed, scraped, rubbed,
and painted, begins until the work begins to breathe."
Strong composition, dedication to accurate drawing, and lively line work are also notable attributes of her art, but at the heart of Max’s work is her passion for color.
Inspired by the beauty of the Sierra Foothills of California, Max began to paint vibrant watercolors and large acrylic canvases of local wildflowers, showing her paintings in small Amador County galleries. She also had a free-lance career in commercial art notably illustrating the published “Recipes from the Argonaut Inn,” creating short animations for the television program “Hot Dog,” and producing the publicity posters for the NBC TV series, “The New Communicators.”
In her studio, you will find Max pacing in front on the canvas; she cannot work sitting down. She is surrounded by canvases and drawings taped to the wall that display a new enthusiasm for realistic still life subject matter as well as a growing infatuation with figurative works. “My interests are rather schizophrenic; what holds it all together is the process of bringing color into the work. The color builds until the moment arrives when I think …’it needs more red.’ “ The process of glazing and painting layers of color begins anew. Max shows her work in Placer County galleries, most recently as a featured artist in the Placer Arts “Naked Alley” figurative shows and as a juried contributor to group shows at Blue Line Arts in Roseville, California.
Max studied as an Art Major at Modesto Junior College and as a Studio Painting Major at
Sonoma State University. She completed her BA in Art and Liberal studies, and then earned
a California Teaching Credential with an advanced supplement credential in Art, an MA in
Reading/Language Arts, and a Miller-Unruh Reading Specialist Credential from California
State University, East Bay. She trained as a Reading Recovery Teacher, and was awarded
an MS in Reading Intervention from Walden University.