A Portrait In Clay, an exhibition of clay portraits by Maxine Thompson
Access Gallery: September 1 to September 13, 2006
Opening: Sunday September 3, 2 pm
Maxine Thompson is well known on the Sunshine Coast for her pastel portraits. The Pastel Society of Australia granted her the status of Master Pastellist in 1997. She has had 17 exhibitions, won numerous awards, taught many classes, and has travelled Australia extensively with her friend Denni teaching art workshops, often in remote areas.
Starting with pencil, charcoal and ink drawing, Maxine expanded to watercolours, oils and finally pastels, introduced to her by Noosa artist Lyn Fraser many years ago.
After travelling the Outback enjoying the red earth and down-to-earth characters, Maxine took up modelling clay portraits. Since February 2005 she has studied with Jackie Gasson at Eudlo who has enabled Maxine to translate her portraiture talent into clay sculptures.
The years of refining her portraiture skills in pencil and pastel have been vital to Maxine's success in creating likenesses in clay. "Getting hands dirty in clay feels good and there is an emotional aspect to portraiture. When moulding and shaping the clay the features and personality of my subjects come to life". Her most prominent subject Noosa Mayor Bob Abbot, happily posed with his likeness (see attached image).