About Elaine Maxham Diller
I first moved to West Virginia to attend WVU in 1967 when I was 18; while growing up in New Jersey, I was influenced artistically by my father, Vernon Maxham, a native of Vermont and a trained artist and educator. He and my mother, Elizabeth Seaman of Wheeling, WV, met during WWII and eventually settled in New Jersey to raise their 6 children. I remember exciting visits to Dad's art room at the high school where he taught fine arts.
Many years passed before I started drawing the beautiful nature around me as I raised two children and operated a music, book and art store in the tiny town of Hillsboro, WV. I actually
started out sketching simple flowers on muslin, adding color and texture with
embroidered stitches. Soon, the desire to sketch on paper came to me over a period of
time; I visualized splashes of color on wildflower sketches. We never had much money
but I entered contests and applied for grants to purchase my first pastels and paper.
I sold many originals and prints out of the storefront from 1993- 2010 and later from the store's websites.
.My note cards were accepted into Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia in 2009.
Some of our family's outings were centered around driving through Pocahontas County; the kids loved looking for wild flowers for me to sketch. We visited the Williams River, Droop Mountain, Lobelia, the Cranberry Glades, and the Greenbrier River trail. I filled up my sketch books and stored away many good memories.
Time has passed; I am still in Pocahontas County, still walking along paths and trails, now with my terrior, Peggy Sue. My children are young adults and still love finding wildflowers for me to sketch as well as brainstorming with me about my next chapter in life.
Since my shop closed in 2010, I have been working for a community college and county government effort to bring higher education to our rural county. It has been a good experience and continues to thrive, but I have always dreamed of returning to my artwork someday.
For several years now, I have been doing just that--my WV wildflower drawings are for sale through my shop on this website.