Little Caboose

Ben and I have recently joined the board for Main Street Paragould. I am loving being a part of something where I can make a difference right here at home. I live pretty close to downtown, and probably use it more than most: my yoga class is downtown, I get coffee and cupcakes often, meetings, bars.. I love it.

The Director, Gina is a wonderfully spirited woman and I couldn’t help painting her little caboose, aka the Main Street Paragould headquarters.


Little Caboose in the snow.



Me giving Gina her Caboose.

Red Goose Gallery – Arts & Music Fest


I had a very successful booth at this year’s Arts & Music Festival inside the Red Goose Gallery.


I said goodbye to Learn to Swim; I know it has a good home though.



You will be missed.

2014 Arts & Music Fest


Instead of a small Art & Stroll this year, Paragould began the first annual Arts & Music Festival. I did the branding: logo, posters, flyers, website, tshirts, stickers, brochure…. you name it, I probably did it. Here are just a few items from the 2014 campaign.


The poster with all info.


Tshirt design for the $500 giveaway. Buy a ticket to enter the raffle.

BAAC National Juried Exhibition

Two of my miniature pieces were selected to be a part of the 2014 National Juried Exhibition in the grand opening of the NEW gallery space for the Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery. There were over 220 entries and only 28 selected; I was 2 of them.



As you can see from the photo above, mine are the smallest paintings in the show by far, but they definitely held their own. I was able to attend the artist reception and met a few brilliant Arkansas artists.

Revival – Special Guest Speaker

I felt honored to be invited by the Arkansas State University AIGA to be a speaker for their student show – Revival!


The show was impressive and it was fun to see the ASU campus again.

About the Show

(from their website.)
This is a competitive juried show for graphic design students in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. The jurors are respected professionals from across the country who each have an educational tie to the Delta region. The chosen student winners will be on display in Arkansas State University’s Fine Arts Gallery. 
The award ceremony will be on opening night, Saturday, April 26th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. The guest speakers will be starting their presentations at 7:00pm, followed by the announcement of the winners and their prizes.

Self Portraits by Mandy Maxwell

I haven’t done a real self portrait since I was in high school, but recently had a kick I suppose.


In the Light

Miniature self portrait – 4in x 4in oil on canvas.



Me and my long hair… 5in x 7in oil on canvas.

Much Needed Recap of New Work

I have got to force myself into the habit of blogging more.


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Ozark Foothills Filmfest Branding 2014

This year I was lucky enough to do the branding for the 2014 Ozark Foothills FilmFest. The barn picture used was taken by me in Minnesota; originally a daytime picture, it was digitally altered to be illuminated by the moon.


Me at the official poster unveiling.


2014 logo.

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Mom’s Christmas Present

This was painted for my wonderful Mother for Christmas 2013. It is me and her from a photograph she loves. It is now hanging in the entry way of her house in a beautiful white frame.


The faces were fun and … that lacy shadow.. was fun to paint!

45RPM Screening at The Arts@311

45RPM Screening & Art Show

Exciting news! I will be having an art exhibition of my 45RPM works this weekend with the screening of 45RPM the movie at The Arts@311 in Jonesboro. This is a special one day event  – DON’T MISS IT!

Screenings at 2pm and 7pm

Tickets are $10 at the door. Reserve online by emailing:

The Arts@311 is located in downtown Jonesboro.
311 South Church Street Jonesboro, Arkansas

More info at the Facebook event.

Much Needed Update

Wow. August has flown by. New paintings, vacation, business trips, a gallery show, and more…

Newest Paintings & Current Show

I am excited to say I currently have a small show at the Crittenden County Museum in Earle Arkansas. Because of this, I haven’t got decent photo of my latest paintings, but you get the idea from these..

Back Alley, Paragould Arkansas


Back Alley, Paragould Arkansas

Oil on wood plaque, 4″x7″ miniature.

Forgotten Barn, Finch Arkansas

Forgotten Barn, Finch Arkansas

Oil on wood plaque, 9″x12″ miniature.

Forgotten Barn, Finch Arkansas

Forgotten Barn, Finch Arkansas

Oil on wood plaque, 6″x6″ miniature.

Vacation Photography

This year, Ben & I went to St. Louis Missouri for our vacation. We toured through the cute little town of St. Charles. visited the City Museum, the Arch, and a whole lot more… check it out.

Old Wagon, St. Charles Missouri

Old Wagon, St. Charles Missouri

Sunshine Tower, St. Charles MO

Sunshine Tower, St. Charles MO

Arch From Afar, St. Louis MO

Arch From Afar, St. Louis MO

Gateway Arch, St. Louis MO

Gateway Arch, St. Louis MO

City Museum, St. Louis MO

City Museum, St. Louis MO

City Museum, St. Louis MO

City Museum, St. Louis MO

City Museum, St. Louis MO

City Museum, St. Louis MO

Doorknobs, City Museum, St. Louis MO

Doorknobs, City Museum, St. Louis MO

See all the pictures from our vacation on the Flickr Album. 


Bike To Cloar Photos

I am so grateful to the Brooks Museum for hosting a second Bike to Cloar this summer. I had a wonderful time and again am astounded with the turn out in my sleepy little home town. Here are some of my photos from the ride.

Bike to Cloar

Bike to Cloar, Earle Arkansas

Bike to Cloar, Crittenden County Museum, Earle AR

Bike to Cloar, Crittenden County Museum, Earle AR

Cloar in the High School Sidewalk, Earle AR

Cloar in the High School Sidewalk, Earle AR

Obelisk in Gibson Bayou Cemetery, Earle, Ar

Obelisk in Gibson Bayou Cemetery, Earle, Ar

Gibson Bayou Cemetery, Earle, Ar

Gibson Bayou Cemetery, Earle, Ar

Tyronza River, Earle AR

Tyronza River, Earle AR

See all my photos from Bike to Cloar this summer!


Looking forward to September!

Cassie Palmer, Massage Therapist Identity

Cassie photoshoot

My friend Cassie just got her massage therapy and I helped her establish an identity for herself. Above is just one of the head shots from our photoshoot. If you want to see more, check out the Flickr set.

CP Massage Therapist Logo by Mandy Maxwell

This is the logo I created for her.

Massage Therapist Business Card

And business cards.

Buffalo Walls – New Watercolor

Buffalo Walls, watercolor by Mandy Maxwell

Finished this new watercolor painting last night. It is inspired by the canoeing trips we have taken down the Buffalo River here in Arkansas. It is 8×10 and already has a home in our newly-redecorated bathroom. I really like how it turned out (much better in person) and plan on doing more paintings inspired by our travels in the future.

Buffalo River  Walls

These unique rock formations are massive (can you spot the 3 kids playing on the rocks?). Floating by these gorgeous old walls is an experience unlike any other.

Bike to Cloar – Earle, AR

Saturday was a very special day for me. The Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis TN, one of the most respected galleries for miles, hosted an event in my home town of Earle, Arkansas. I had been looking forward to it for weeks, except for one part… biking. I love yoga; biking is a whole other story…

Summer of Cloar Riders

However, the weather turned out to be perfect, and the 6 miles was surprisingly not bad at all. I loved seeing the places I drive by all the time up close and personal. It was slow, peaceful and magical all at once; the perfect mood to contemplate Cloar.


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45RPM Artwork Gallery Added

Created for 45RPM

I’ve been so lucky to work on the incredible Arkansas-made feature film, 45RPM by Juli Jackson. I created over 20 paintings, 40 sketches and a sketchbook for the main character, a struggling young artist. The story follows her travels through Arkansas looking for a lost 45 record made by her father.

I also did all of the branding work for the film, including: logo, posters, flyers, website, and so so so much more.

Award-winning film 45RPM

It’s been a long time in the making, but the film’s premiere just won big at the recent Little Rock Film Festival. So check out the main artwork collection at the link below:

45RPM Artwork

Check out the trailer here:

45RPM – Official Trailer from Juli Jackson on Vimeo.