"Ruth"22 X 33 inches Arches 300# Brilliant White Rough finish paper. Pencil, Black India ink, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Red Deep, Hooker Green Deep, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, Indigo, Cadmium Yellow Medium. Sumi Brushes - Sm. Md. Lg. . . .
"Sometimes, being an artist," Maxwell has said, "there are rewards beyond
the prestige of an important commission, the amount of money, or where
the painting will finally hang. It touches my life, beyond the expected."
This painting of Ruth marks one of those significant milestones.
It is not about art, or fame, even though Ruth is the Matriarch of a large family. The painting is about a love.
Her son commissioned the portrait behind his mothers back, as a Christmas
present, bringing her to visit Maxwell's studio during the son's
and mother's first vacation together.
The creation of this painting is a collaboration of the artist, the mother and the son.