“Schimmernacht”, which was the first large (4’ x 6’) canvas Max painted, was started in San Diego and finished in Ohio. As the influence of Ohio’s farmland intrudes, they evolve into landscapes (i.e. “Jake’s Place” and “Bauer Power”). But at the same time, “Charm”, “Himmelsee” and “Arubo” remain abstract — and cosmic!
There is one thing that remains the same in all these works — the prominence of light. In Max’s words — “Value, the balance of light and dark”. Of course, the most important thing for growing plants is light, and that’s true for paintings too. There is a crispness and brilliance to the paintings that would not have occurred if they had been painted with middle values. Max was a lover of light!
Written in 2013 by Malinda Yoder, Max’ wife