Rachel Maxi paints landscapes and still lifes you can carry in your pocket, your purse or briefcase. Larger ones are never bigger than two arms extended. She gives her portraits of ordinary places an extraordinary glow, as if a street sign, garbage bin, stretch of roadway or flower in a vase were a monk at the moment of enlightenment.
I missed her recent exhibit at G. Gibson Gallery, but Gail Gibson was kind enough to unwrap a few to show me.
From 12th Ave S., North Beacon Hill, 2010
oil on panel, 18 x 24 inches
From Columbia City, 2010
oil on panel, 16 x 24 inches
oil on panel, 24 x 29.5 inches
Peonies I, 2010
oil on canvas, 46 x 54 inches