Maryland and Florida serve as inspiration

April 08, 1994|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,Contributing Writer

Artist Carolyn Maynard has journeyed to beautiful locations without stepping out of her Baltimore studio.

Ms. Maynard's "Landscapes: North & South" will be the exhibit at the Carroll County Arts Council Gallery, 15 E. Main St., Westminster, beginning with an artist's reception from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. It won't be surprising if people don't recognize some areas featured in Ms. Maynard's oils and watercolors.

"I've been working very much from inside my head," Ms. Maynard said. "Some of them [the paintings] are from working on site and some are from my imagination."

"That's the fun thing that people say [about the paintings done from her imagination]: 'I've been there before,' " she laughed. "That's good because it's a nice place to be."

Ms. Maynard received a bachelor's degree from St. Louis University in 1979 and a master of fine arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore in 1989.

A course in landscape painting at the Johns Hopkins University in 1979 forever changed her art.

"I took a studio workshop with Eugene Leake, a famous Maryland landscape painter," Ms. Maynard said. "I swore to him that I only saw in black and white.

"But the way that he taught was perfect. He would read letters and journals from famous painters such as Van Gogh and their writing was so beautiful about colors.

"He really was instrumental to me in learning the pleasure of color."

Ms. Maynard moved to Florida, where she was an instructor at Jacksonville University. While there, she had several showings and was commissioned to do two large murals, one of them 350 feet long.

Life in Maryland and Florida contributed to the title of her show, -- "Landscapes: North and South."

"Being a Yankee and going down to Florida gave me an exposure to a different kind of light," Ms. Maynard said. "The light is quite beautiful, and there is a mixture of being very much the same and very different.

"There's a brillance down there that's incredible. And the sense of green in both Baltimore and down there is extraordinary."

Ms. Maynard also does monotypes and was an illustrator for Baltimore Citygames, a children's book.

Currently, she is a special projects coordinator at School 33 Art Center in Baltimore and an archival researcher at USF&G. School 33 Art Center has commissioned her to do 25 monotypes.

The Carroll County Arts Council Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The artist's reception will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and the paintings will be on display from through April 28. Ms. Maynard will present a free slide lecture, "Agony & Ecstasy: Painting Outdoors," from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 16. Registration is required.

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