Maryka Studios, Quadra Island
Maureen paints in a contemporary- impressionist style, most often using acrylic paints. Like the Impressionists, her work often portrays visible brushstrokes, a suggestion of movement, and the idea of taking an ordinary view and creating something extraordinary from it. Vibrant colour is especially important to Maureen, but she is careful to balance it with soft edges and quiet spaces. She believes nature providesus with inspiration and the perfect palette, but it is the artist’s attention to light that can make the colours dance on the canvas.
Maureen was raised in Calgary and attended the University of Victoria where she received her Bachelor of Arts. She is married with two children, and after many summers visiting Quadra Island, she and her husband became permanent residents in 2012. She is a participant of the Quadra Island Studio Tour, both year-round and the June exhibition.
Maureen is an “Active Member” of the Federation of Canadian Artists and has joined the Arrowsmith (Qualicum) Chapter of the FCA. She is a member of the Campbell River Art Gallery, the Campbell River Arts Council, and the Comox Valley Regional Arts Council. When living in Calgary, Maureen was a member of the Calgary Sketch Club and the Calgary Community Painters, taking part in many art shows and attending workshops with Brian Atyeo, Robert E. Wood, Brent Laycock, Jerry Markham, and Rick Berg. On Quadra Island, she regularly exhibits at “Works of H'Art”. She served on the board of the CSC as Show Director, and as Program Coordinator at the CCPS.
Recent Awards: In March 2013 Maureen was presented an “Award of Merit” for her painting “A River Runs Through It” at the Members' Show at the Campbell River Art Gallery. She received “honourable mention” at the River City Arts Festival in 2012, and won 2nd place for her painting entered into the Quadra Island Fall Fair. Her paintings have found homes in both residential and corporate settings across Canada and internationally.
Please visit Maureen at her unique timber-frame studio and gallery on Quadra Island.