Scratching the Surface – Sally Maxwell


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This monograph covers the life and career of wildlife artist Sally Maxwell, a pioneer in scratchboard painting. Maxwell is credited with advancing a medium that had been for years relegated to illustrators and children. Because of her persistence and determination, thousands of artists today use scratchboard, and not only for monochromatic drawings; many have learned to add color and dimension through demonstrations and videos created by Maxwell through Ampersand. With more than one hundred plates, Maxwell’s career and the evolution of scratchboard come to life. The text includes a foreword by acclaimed wildlife artist John Banovich and an astute essay by Todd Wilkinson.