As I work, multiple layers of paint create texture and movement on the canvas that lead me forward. It’s this dialog that determines the direction in which my general idea or sense or emotion will move. I find my own creative process reflected in Richard Diebenkorn’s words: “I can never accomplish what I want. Only what I would have wanted had I thought of it in the first place.”
What we see on a canvas is determined not by the reality on the canvas but by our emotions and experiences. The question is not what we look at but what we see.
More About my Work
My paintings often include active brush strokes and quiet glazes that, combined, depict landscapes surrounded by abstract imagery. This reflects the way I see the world, whether I’m hiking through a redwood forest in California, walking down a crowded street in San Francisco or Ouagadougou, floating down a river in Belize, or watching the sand dunes shift in Oman.
Maxine Solomon is an oil painter who has many solo shows and awards to her credit, extensive curatorial experience, and has conducted painting workshops in the United States and abroad.
She paints in her light-flooded San Francisco studio. Solomon uses both additive and subtractive processes to create a heavily textured and tortured surface, often obliterating and sometimes delineating the subject matter. The resulting canvases sometimes contain as many as 30 layers of paint. Her images are drawn from her experiences working and traveling throughout the world. As she states, “I think, react and speak through my paintings. The paint itself becomes my partner – its texture, its vibrancy, its very nature becomes a crucial component, enabling me to process and speak of that which I see in our shared world.”