Maxine Wade has always had an interest in creativity and trained as an Art teacher at Melbourne University, going on to teach in a variety of secondary colleges for 27 years. She then operated a picture framing business for 5 years, before beginning tutoring adults in watercolour, drawing, life drawing and mixed media at many art societies in Melbourne. She has been a member of Australian Guild of Realist Artists (AGRA) for 12 years (2 of those serving as a councillor there, as Professional development Officer) and a member of the Watercolour Society of Victoria for 15 years. She has been recently made a member of the Melbourne Society of Women Painters & Sculptors. Maxine has won many awards for her work, most recently Highly Commended Kenneth Jack Memorial Award, Montsalvat 2010 and Best Watercolour at the 2009 Castlemaine Art Show, and her work is held in many collections. She has held many solo and joint exhibitions over 35 years and is currently tutoring at Brighton Art Society (watercolour & mixed media), Glen Eira Cheltenham Art Group (watercolour), Box Hill (watercolour & creative drawing) and at Woodend Art Group (mixed media). Maxine is currently living in Chewton ( near Castlemaine) and teaches one day workshops in her home studio twice a month. She also teaches workshops and demonstrates at many Melbourne and regional art societies thoughout the year.