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 in copper or gold leaf 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 takes a cow for a walk, a balloon floats by carrying a traveller in a basket strapped below or King's College appears as a snow shaker.
She gets carried away with intricate detail using brushes that are far too small to delve into this whimsical world. A magic experience.
During lockdown, Maureen has been sketching every day making a visual diary about life around her. Sketches includes places in Cambridge she has visited, snippets of news and just normal things she does each day.
My son took this photo just before his Open Studios last year. I love meeting all the people at the Cambridge event so when my son set up Open Studios in Birmingham I just had to take part. I shared his space and had a wonderful weekend talking art with him and all our visitors.