Maxine Dodd is a contemporary fine artist, working in Leicestershire in the UK.

Racing Lines began in 2012 as a way of recording my daily drawing routine – I draw every day, usually in the morning – before I do anything else. I draw with ink pens, working quickly, hence the name, ‘Racing Lines’.

Cycling, art, Tour de France

Twisting road

The theme of ‘Racing Lines’ is speed and movement, often with sport as the subject, significantly endurance cycling, taking inspiration from the Tour de France, La Vuelta de España and the Tours of Britain and Yorkshire.

For me, these subjects have great abstract qualities, showing colour and graceful lines. In cycling especially, the teams’ colours have a rhythm as the riders move – singly or as a group, the flags and banners waved by the crowds of fans, all set in the open landscape. It is these qualities along with the speed and energy of the race itself that my pictures endeavour to convey.

Lunch in the sun
Lunch in the sun

The medium of pen and ink with watercolour is intense and risky, but quick and responsive, suiting the theme with its twists, turns and bursts of energy, which for me, is endlessly fascinating.


Recent Solo Exhibitions: ‘Racing Lines’ Cank Street Gallery, Leicester, Alfred East Gallery, Kettering, jGallery, ’20 Stages’, jGallery, Moulton, Northampton

Private collections: UK, France, Switzerland, Canada and US

Maxine is a member of Leicester Society of Artists and Leicester Sketch Club

Follow on Facebook Maxine Dodd – Artist and Twitter at @maxine_dodd

41 thoughts on “About

  1. Absolutely wonderful artwork……I’ve always wanted to paint more “freely” and loosely but have been stuck in the slow, careful, detail to the point of losing out on the loveliness of being “in the moment” as you have. Thanks for vistiing Sammy’s blog.


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  2. Hi there Maxine, how can I purchase one of your prints of ‘Le Tour’ as a suprise present for my husband? A friend has one which is how I found out about you and the drawings are just gorgeous

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  3. Hi Maxine,
    Thank you for liking my blog.
    I wanted to say that I found your pieces beautiful and fresh and I love your ability to give the viewer the impression of movement and speed with your instinctive brush strokes on paper.
    I look forward to your new work.

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  4. Happy New Year, Maxine.
    I love your images and drawing style.
    It crossed my mind to ask whether your six nations sketches are for sale, or might be in the 2016 contest? I was thinking of a gift for my brother.

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    • Happy New Year to you too Neil! All the Six Nations pictures are for sale, l think that if you search through the posts under the category of ‘Rugby’, you should see them all. I am in the process of creating a gallery gathering them all together, so I can let you know when that’s done, but at least a search will get you started, and just email me when you find one that your brother will like and we can take from there. The price for framed piece generally around £150-£250 depending on size. Have a wonderful celebration today/tonight, and thanks so much for your support of my work. It means a great deal! Maxine


    • Hi Tim, thanks for your message! Great to hear that Google guided you, I try to make work easy to find, so that’s really reassuring. Even more delighted to hear that you like the pictures. I’m working on this year’s ‘Paris moment’ which I hope to publish in the next day or so. Hasn’t it been an engrossing Tour? There’s been so much to inspire, I shall be busy until La Vuelta! Thanks so much once again 😀


      • Look forward to seeing the ‘Paris moment’ Maxine. I’m a photographer and as a result of seeing your paintings, I’ve spent the day using the oil painting mode in Photoshop in a bid to be more artistic. (Geraint Thomas and the Tour of Qatar boys now look much more striking!) Don’t hate me – it’s just that I couldn’t paint a decent picture if I tried!

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      • Fantastic! My pictures wouldn’t be possible without the inspiration of the images created by the cameramen on the motorbikes. I make my own interpretation but I wouldn’t see anything without the photographic/video imagery that I see from them first. I’m delighted to hear that you’re turning your photos into oil paintings. Artists have worked with cameras since Durer and Vermeer to Hockney, the disciplines are interwoven as far as I’m concerned, brilliant! 👍


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