Maureen lives in Cambridge where she spends her time painting and teaching art to small groups in her studio. She feels very lucky to be able to pursue her dream and loves welcoming people to her studio to see her paintings and to inspire others to paint. She exhibits regularly at Byard Art, Cambridge Open Studios and Cambridge Drawing Society.
Cambridge is a huge influence in her work. This beautiful, historic city has wide open spaces, great architectural buildings, wonderful art in the museums and cows that actually live in the city. She adds the rich night skies, a shining moon, a taste of Medieval Art and this forms the basis for her intricate, dream like paintings.
Her works are imaginary and include many huge trees which cover the surface of the canvas and underneath are the millefleur, literally thousands of flowers, favoured by medieval painters and tapestry artists. Onto this surface she paints ideas from mythology or items that intrigue her about Cambridge.
There are also surreal sensations in her paintings as a graduate reaches for the stars, a balloon floats by carrying a traveller in a basket strapped below or King's College appears as a snow shaker. And the cows sometimes do what no self respecting cow should be seen doing - dressed in pyjamas or getting ready to go clubbing or becoming purple!
She gets carried away with intricate detail using brushes that are far too small to delve into this whimsical world. A magic experience.
This painting is titled Medieval Roost and is based on her work researching the medieval manuscripts at the Parker library at Corpus Christi, one of the oldest colleges which makes up Cambridge University.
It shows a variety of birds from the thirteenth century bestiaries which were illustrated stories of morality. Some of the birds are based on real species still found today and some are completely imaginary. They sit in one of Maureen's magical trees where the trunk and branches are covered in copper leaf.