Maxine Nodel

Drawing and Painting

Maxine Nodel is a versatile award-winning visual artist who specializes in design-based metaphorical drawing and emotive land/seascape painting. She received her B.F.A. from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and sells her work nationally and internationally.


In addition to being a Queen City 15 artist member, Maxine is also an artist member and occasional juror at the Salmagundi Art Club. She is also a member of the Edward Hopper House where she was artist of the month in 2014 and invited to give a public art talk about her design-based drawings in 2018. In 2021, Maxine received an extensive review of her seascapes by Italian art critic and journalist, Ippolita Sicoli, in the online Italian arts magazine,


Maxine is a drawing and painting instructor at the National Art League in Douglaston, New York and the founder and retired Principal of a visual art high school in New York City that she created with a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to serve underserved students in the Bronx. The school received the 2009 Lincoln Center Institute 1st-Place Award for Most Imaginative Curriculum in NYC.


Maxine comes from a family of distinguished painters, illustrators, illuminators, and composers and lives and works in Westchester, NY with her wife and fur babies. Maxine’s visual art can be viewed at:

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"I enjoy creating design-based drawings by incorporating patterns found in nature (ex: elements of the Fibonacci spiral/sequence) into traditional aesthetics to create visual metaphors and poetry. I work primarily in graphite and ink on smooth Bristol plate paper with subject matter that includes the human form, nature, items from antiquity, and everyday objects. I also paint nature, because there’s something universally healing about "contemplating the beauty of the earth." ~Rachel Carson. I work in oil on canvas or linen to create emotive, lush, and richly textured plein air and studio-generated seascapes and landscapes in oil."