I’ve loved making things from a very early age. Drawing, painting, anything where I got to bring new ideas and images into being. Creating has always been a part of who I am. In the late 90’s I was fortunate enough to be able to train at Ringling College of Art and Design. I graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts. There I learned and unlearned so much about art making. It was a growing time. A time of collecting information, skills and wisdom about the art world and myself. Shortly after graduating I fell in love and my creative energy quickly shifted towards growing and raising two beautiful children. During that time, I painted in spurts, when I could. I used my incredibly powerful experience of childbirth and pregnancy as inspiration. This new work began there, with those ideas. It speaks to being connected to something much bigger than myself. It is about trusting, letting go, being in the flow of life.
As a painter, I simply satisfy my need and desire to paint. There is little thought, little planning, little conceptualization. I simply paint what comes. These paintings are me painting exactly what I want to paint. They are my truth. As an artist, I love the feel of the brush making marks. I love the potential of a new piece. It’s whisperings to me just before it emerges. I love the absolute magic that happens when colors get mixed and played off of each other; as if in a dance to a specific song. I love the composing of space, the shifts that happen as the piece emerges, as it finds it’s way into the world. And when the process slows down and the song quiets, I love the ritual of applying the final decorations. The glitter and gold and the ever important top coat that makes the color pop and simultaneously protects and seals the finished piece as if to say “thank you” and “goodnight.” Creating these pieces has brought me great joy. It is my hope that as the viewer, you are moved in some way. That by seeing this work, you connect to something within yourself. Enjoy and Thank you.
Maggie currently lives and works in Sarasota Florida. She shares her life with her wife Megen and their two children Jack and Lilah, whom she is eternally grateful for and inspired by.