Don Maynard’s painting is a rich exploration of markings and gestures. He paints with encaustic; a centuries-old technique of working with molten waxes. Paintings become carefully built up surfaces - layer upon layer of texture - revealing subtle traces of symbols and graphic iconography. Various traditional and industrial materials create these highly textured surfaces.
Interested in light and the manipulation of space and form, Maynard is drawn to the aesthetic qualities intrinsic in the materials he uses, so that the work and the materials have meaning in themselves, both aesthetically and conceptually.
Maynard has exhibited across Canada, and the United States Since 1990. In 2010, Maynard's work was the subject of a solo exhibition, “Franken Forest” at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Ontario, which then travelled to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in May 2011. His work is in the collection of The Department of Foreign Affairs, University of Toronto and the Canada Council Art Bank. He was also the subject of a half hour segment of “Adrienne Clarkson Presents” produced by the CBC in 1998. Maynard has been featured in articles by many publications such as Canadian Art Magazine and the Globe and Mail.