The late Maggie Price and husband, Bill Canright were artists who enjoyed sharing all the aspects of their lives and marriage. Painting together gave them a chance to support each other and learn from each other. They enjoyed traveling, painting, teaching art, and sharing their love of art with other artists.
Maggie Price had worked in oils, acrylic and watercolor, but when she turned to pastel in the early ’90s, she found her passion, and it’s been her primary medium since then. While she occasionally returned to oil painting for her own pleasure, she taught techniques in pastel and preferred that medium when traveling or painting outdoors.
Price was a co-founder and the former editor of The Pastel Journal, a national magazine for pastel artists (now owned by F&W Media), and has written over a hundred articles about pastel art and artists.
She was a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Signature Member and Distinguished Pastelist of the Pastel Society of New Mexico, Signature Member, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, a member of the Master Circle of the International Association of Pastel Societies and a member of the Salmagundi Club of New York City. She was the President and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Pastel Societies, and served as contributing editor and on the editorial advisory boards of The Pastel Journal and The Artist’s Magazine. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Art League, where she often taught classes.
Price is the author of the book Painting with Pastels ( 2007) and Painting Sunlight & Shadow with Pastels (2011), as well as two instructional DVDs (all available on her web site). Her work has been included in numerous juried exhibitions, magazine articles and books. She taught US and foreign workshops in pastel each year. More information and examples of her art can be found on her web site.
Bill Canright has been painting in pastels since 2002. His work has been accepted and received special recognition in over 20 national pastel exhibitions. He has produced notable landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes. Always open to challenges, he has also painted subjects such as trucks, cars and animals.
He is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of New Mexico, a member of the International Association of Pastel Society’s Master Circle, and member of other art organizations.
Canright began his art career as a self-taught oil painter at age fourteen. He continued working in oils, pen and ink and pastels into his early twenties. By the time he was in a position to consider art school the focus was on non-representational art, which did not interest him. He then turned to a career in product illustration, and then to art direction and creative design and writing in advertising. Happily, he has been able to return to painting and enjoy a new career as a pastel artist and instructor.