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’.
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.
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