Maxine Graham Price was born on an Army Base and grew up in a military family. She moved with them to many postings in the southern and eastern areas of the United States as well as Germany. Being a shy child and finding it difficult to make new friends easily, Price found the one constant in her life, other than family, to be her ability to draw and paint.
Her first remembered experience in art was in kindergarten. Price’s teacher remarked positively in front of the class about a face she had drawn and proceeded to post it on the bulletin board. Price believes that the teacher’s encouraging remark thrust her into the lifelong pursuit of being an artist. She studied art in college, earning a BFA in studio art (that included four years of life drawing) from the University of Texas at Austin, and in many ways has never stopped learning about art and painting. She has always liked faces and had a successful career for many years doing portraits in black and white pencil, watercolor, and oils. Many of her oil portraits hang in the collections of the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.
In 1992 Price decided to leave portraiture and make independent painting a full-time pursuit. She began a journey of experimentation and exploration, working in various media. She studied with many well-known teachers, including Skip Lawrence, Doug Walton and Leo Smith (watercolors), Maxine Masterfield (liquid inks and acrylics), Mary Wilbanks (collage), and Ray Vanilla and Ann Templeton (oils). Price was encouraged in her intent to work more from her imagination and ultimately she developed a method and style of working with oil and palette knife that is recognizably individual and unique.
Price began showing her new creative work in many juried outdoor shows in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Along the way she has gained gallery representation and has shown in galleries in New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. Price has participated in over 20 one-woman gallery exhibitions and many dozens of two-person, three-person, and group gallery exhibitions. In 2017 a major retrospective of her work was held in the Royston Nave Memorial Museum in Victoria, Texas. She has worked with several art consultant firms that have commissioned large paintings for hotels and resorts from coast to coast. Also in 2017, her painting, “In Transition”, a 48″x48″ oil, was chosen by the Art In Embassies Program of the U.S. Department of State to be exhibited at the United States Ambassador’s Residence in Lome, Togo in West Africa.
Post-college, Price lived in Austin, Texas until she moved to Wimberley, Texas in 1996 where she currently resides. Her work is shown in Texas in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Johnson City, and Wimberley,