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biography/contact - Donna L. Maxwell    

Born in Yonkers, NY, & raised in Philadelphia, PA, I'm a mostly "self taught" artist.  Although my "formal" education was in nursing & business (go figure), I have attended classes & workshops with many extremely talented & hard-working fine artists since 1987.  I've painted more or less part-time since then, whenever I found a few spare hours.  Some years I painted like crazy, some years unable to do more than 2 paintings...   When I look back  I realize that I always returned to painting as a grounding force.  Artwork is one of the great joys of my life. 

My artistic inspiration is drawn from the world around (& within) each of us. Watercolor is my favorite medium. Painting in watercolor has taught me valuable lessons about letting go. The more I try to control the outcome, the more muddy & overworked the painting becomes. The paintings everyone seems to like the best, & those I have enjoyed painting, have always resulted from relaxation & letting the image take shape on itís own. I'm drawn to landscape painting ~ realistic or abstract. Seascapes and water reflections are especially fascinating.

My hope is to express emotion & mood, one moment in time, yet timeless...through the language of watercolor.  My goal is to enjoy myself & relax, something I thankfully finally learned is very important. 

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email:   Donna L. Maxwell


My Home Studio


Juried Art Shows
 Perkins Center for the Arts - Works on Paper, 2012 
Cape May County Culture & Heritage Commission 2012
 Gail Pierson Gallery  - "League of Perspectives"  2010
Ocean City Arts Center ~ 2008, 2009, 2010
 400th Anniversary of Cape May - Members Only Juried Show 2009
 Ocean City Fine Arts League ~ "Water" Juried Group Show ~ 2007
 Ocean City Arts Center 44th Annual Boardwalk Art Show ~ 2006
 Stone Harbor Women's Civic Club ~ 16 Artists by Invitation
 Cape May County Art League  Members Juried Exhibitions 2009
 Spring Art & Plant Show 2004, Town Bank, NJ ~ by Invitation
 Washington St. Mall Art Show 2004, 2005 ~ Cape May County Art League
 Art in the Atrium ~ benefit of Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA

4th Street Cafe Ocean City ~ Exhibition/Students of Kim Weiland 2007, 2009
Abington Art Center, Open Members Exhibitions,  Jenkintown, PA
Cape May County Art League  Members Exhibitions


HONORABLE MENTION/WATERCOLOR  for the work titled "Parting the Midnight" 
 Awarded by :
Ocean City Arts Center / 44th Annual Boardwalk Art Show

FIRST PRIZE / GOLD AWARD   for the work titled "Oh Buoy!" 
 Awarded by :
Cape May County Art League / 9th Annual Open Juried Fine Art Show




 Studied with MANY Fine Artists

  Kim Weiland  - Jim McFarlane - Howard N. Watson - Tony Couch - Robert Sakson
Rich Flanegan - Walter Mormello - Katie Krall - Chris Zmijewski

Inspired by the late great Ed Whitney.  Thanks Mr. Whitney, for the dream.

  painting on vacation!  

  At this moment I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who has believed in me, even when I was unsure of myself.  You are my family, aunts, cousins, dear friends  & collectors who have bought my work at shows (or have been given paintings early on when they weren't worth selling!). Thanks to all of you for buying, promoting, selling work on consignment, oohing & ahhing, phoning me when my picture was in the paper, & for being there.  Special Thanks to Janet for hanging in there with me for 35 years, for kicking my butt when required (BACALA!) & for being my family & my HOME.   I love you & I always will.  Thanks to the Unseen Power, of which I am a small part.   We are all in this together.  We are all ONE.          P.S. Thanks Mom & Dad - I'm sure you are watching from wherever you are & "See, that fresh kid didn't turn out so bad after all !"  You are my heroes & you live in my heart.

Thank You So Much Thanks so much for visiting!for Visiting !!      
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You can CONTACT DONNA via email for a consultation about commissioned artwork.    A few of the original works on this site remain available for sale & many are currently in production in my studio & will be presented for future sale.  Upcoming show dates will be listed on my homepage.  There are Signed Numbered Prints (limited edition of 200) and/or Note cards available in 2 designs:  Beach House, and Rocky Surf.  Please contact me directly for information!  THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR INTEREST

Artwork Images Copyright Donna L. Maxwell © MCMLXXXVII-MMXIII

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