Maxene Raymond is a pastelist, born in New York and currently living and working on Cape Cod. With a 30 year career in interior design, she has long been involved with the effects of color, space, and light. In 2009 she began studying pastel painting with Odin Smith at the Cape Cod Art Association and became a juried member there in 2010. In 2016, she was designated as a Master Artist. Subsequently, she has studied with Liz Haywood Sullivan, Deb Quinn Munson, Christine Bodnar, Doug Dawson, Stan Sperlak, Marla Baggetta, Jean Hirons, Christine Ivers, Aline Ordman, Barbara Jaenicke, Gigi Leverett, Ken Elliott, Tony Allain, Alain Picard and Ed Chesnovitch.
She is a member and board member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and also holds memberships at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, the Falmouth Art Guild, the South Shore Art Center, and the North River Arts Association. She was awarded First Prize in Pastel in the 2015 Juried National at the Cape Cod Art Association and has exhibited in the 2015 Juried Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod For Pastels Only at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, at the 2015 Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod and North River Arts Society Members Shows, at the Juried National and Juried All New England Shows at the Cape Cod Art Association in 2014, as well as the Student Exhibit at the Cotuit Center for the Arts in 2014, as well as at the Student Exhibit at the Cotuit Center for the Arts in 2014 and at the Guyer Barn in 2009.
Maxene works exclusively in pastels, with the majority of her work being landscapes and seascapes. She continues to experiment with varied surfaces, usually using a variety of underpainting techniques. Inspired by the physical surroundings of Cape Cod and of travels, her intention is to capture the mood of a scene, rather than to reproduce it. Her impressionistic work has evolved from small ethereal paintings to bolder paintings with simpler shapes and more definitive mark making.