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Artist ID: 2334

Artist Bio - Billie Maxine Smith

Billie Maxine, a native of south Georgia received her degree in Art from Troy University in 1970, taught art in the public school system then moved to Tampa, Florida where she worked for several galleries until 1975.

She abandoned her artwork for 25 years to pursue another career but began painting again in the late 1990’s. These paintings were oil on canvas, and the subject matter includes decanters, wine glasses, silverware and table settings. Capturing the images created when light reflects off objects gives them a sense of power and beauty.

In 2018 she again changed mediums to acrylic on canvas, and style to the age old still life method using a shadow box and one light source. The light is adjusted to find the most appealing light to dark ratios and strong highlights and shadows. A horizontal plane is established and the objects are blocked in on the canvas. Darks and shadows are worked in first and color and detail follow.

While in Alabama she exhibited in museums, competitive shows and galleries, including the Newbill Collection in Seaside, Florida and featured in the Dothan Magazine in 2005. She has won several awards including the Grumbacher Gold Medal Award at the Wiregrass Museum of Art in 2002. She also supported many local non-profits through donation of her work and was the featured artist for the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens Spring Garden Tour 2008.

While living in Louisville her works were shown in the Pearl St. Gallery, the Copper Moon Gallery, the Arts Council of Southern Indiana and the Horseshoe Casino in Elizabeth, Indiana. She has donated work for charitable events in Louisville, Ky. and Jeffersonville, In.

In 2019, she returned to Dothan and continues donating her work to the DABG and SEACT.

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