Maude Andrade, a mixed media painter, grew up in a family of artists and eccentrics. She was born in 1964 in Memphis, Tennessee, and has lived in California, Maine, and New Mexico where she has spent most of her life. She never imagined herself an artist though her mother is a quilter and known in her field. She grew up in a creative atmosphere and learned about art through an authentic experience of it.
In 1987 she graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in Botany and a minor in Chemistry, and began a successful career in textile design, earning national recognition for her innovative graphics and surface design techniques. Fiber was her first medium. She dyed her yarns, wove fabrics, hand screened them, painted the warps, discharge dying and hand painting. While she continues to work as a fiber artist, perhaps it was a just a matter of time matter of time before she turned to oil and acrylic paints. Through her studies at the Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque and mentoring from influential New Mexico artists, she began painting full time in 2005.
Andrade has exhibited her paintings in group shows at the Albuquerque Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, and the Harwood Museum in Taos. Her paintings are represented by the Mariposa Gallery in Albuquerque and Patina Gallery in Santa Fe.
Andrade states that "my basket is made of wood, like a small crate, so that harvested garden veggies and fruit will not tumble out on their way into a kitchen. The painted designs map rows and paths of an imaginary garden, in colors that are primal, symbolizing the act of growing food. In winter, it can be used as a container to decorate a home and as a gentle reminder that a new growing season always follows winter."
July 25, 2012