Artist Maggie BrownPembrokeshire artist Maggie Brown, born into a farming family in the midlands, has always worked in an artistic capacity ever since achieving a BA in textile design at Winchester school of art in 1979.
Central to her work is her love of the outdoors, the natural world and nature conservation. Since she and her family’s move to Pembrokeshire in 2004, she has painted the special landscape in all its wild glory, the elements and the unique light, by using colour, surface pattern and texture, with a variety of media.
For the last ten years Maggie has been committed to enthusiastically teaching painting techniques and sense awareness of landscape, seascape painting to their guests at www.indigobrown.co.uk residential painting holidays and in doing so, has nutured, explored and developed an emotional gut response to the landscape which she feels, hopefully, has given a refreshing integrity, a gritty portayal to her work.
Why I paint
Always have done, always will! …..and now I like to think that you, the viewer of my paintings, can be caught up in the battling elements, a storm at sea, or perhaps the effects of light, in a glade of a wood, over a bog, even a scrubby moor, a ray of light through a hedgerow, a moth, a chough caught in a gust of wind... to me, it’s a mommentous exciting glimpse of life and deserves preserving. I want my interpretation to give meaning and poinency to these often, unreguarded places.
How I paint
I work with sketch books on location, my sketch books are very
precious to me, they are a wealth of information that I have collected
over the years, in all weathers! containing outdoor sketches, scribble
and drawings, ideas on composition and tone, …….and lots of words, these
more recently developed into haiku poems as a title for the paintings.
Back at the studio I interperate my sketches into paint and I will paint many ideas and pictures from just one theme, the approach is quite primal! … with fingers, or scratching, mark making with tools, dribbling and splattering, so enjoyable and tactile, creating a mess from which a picture may or quite often, may not, emerge…
I like to play with a combination of medium, acrylics with texture, and watercolour in a non traditional sense, with wax/oil pastels and gouache, as well as continually exploring composition and scale and size of paintings, from small studies to large paintings on 300lb paper and mdf boards/frame made to a high specification.
My paintings are a record, capturing quiet times of observation, of wild scrubby moors and intimate details of hedgerows, places so disregarded, that I feel they deserve a second glance and need be preserved by conservation and interpretation. I love nature, in the raw, and I am passionate about nature conservation, the move to pembrokeshire was initially to get back to nature and maybe, just feel, I am able to make some minute difference in preserving our wildlife and countryside by ‘what i do’ in the garden and how I live my life, and how my paintings may help, to remind the viewers of the beauty we so often pass by….
2005 WEST WALES ART CENTRE
2006 WEST WALES ART CENTRE
2008 ART MATTERS TENBY – WINNER OF THE OPEN ART COMPETION 2008
2009 INVITED TO THE ROBERT RECORD EXHIBITION TENBY
2009 THE ALBANY GALLERY CARDIFF SUMMER SHOW
2010 THE ALBANY GALLERY CARDIFF SUMMER SHOW
2010 STUDIO GALLERY ST DAVID’S
2010 PURE ART GALLERY MILFORD HAVEN
2011 STUDIO GALLERY ST DAVID’S EXHIBITION
2011 THE ALBANY CARDIFF SUMMER SHOW
2011 PURE ART COMBINED EXHIBITION
2012 MOMA GALLERY MACHYNLLETH EXHIBITED FOR ‘ FEELING’ COMPETITION
2012 STUDIO GALLERY ST DAVID’S EXHIBITION
2013 SOLO SHOW PURE ART MILFORD HAVEN
2013 THE ALBANY CARDIFF SUMMER SHOW
2013 GALLERY TOP DERBYSHIRE WINTER EXHIBITION
2014 THE ALBANY GALLERY CARDIFF
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16th FEB to 11th March
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