Location: United Kingdom
Maria is an Irish artist living in London. She has a studio at Wimbledon Art Studios, Earlsfield, where she explores painting and sculpture. Her artistic work aims at an abstract or semi-abstract decorative style. She is drawn to pattern and form in Nature. Her sculptures, however, often stem from experimenting with just materials, such as the “Knitter’s Chair” where she used balls of wool. Recently, she has been inspired by Beatrix Potter’s tale of the “Tailor of Gloucester” resulting hopefully in a soft sculpture of the tailor.
Maria was born in Dublin and moved to London in the 1980s. Her artistic experience covers drawing, painting, embroidery and textile art. In 2008 She received a Distinction for her final studies in experimental textile art while at Windsor College, U.K. In drawing and painting, although largely self-taught, she received private tuition from a portrait painter while living in Dublin.
After struggling with a small studio (shed) in her back garden she was delighted, when in 2013, she set up a studio at Wimbledon Art Studios, where she combines her previous artistic experiences; resulting in a diverse style. She continues to explore painting but experiments with the creative possibilities of different media.
Inspiration has been drawn from researching artists such as Mach, Matisse, Klimt, Sonya Delaunay and Claes Oldenburg.
Maria's abstract artwork is an exploration of shape, colour and pattern.
This is the 3rd painting in what I term a “jazz series”. The development of the work happened while listening to classic jazz and the song connected with this one is “In the Still of the Night” by Perry Como. Some of the lyrics are
In the Still of the Night
As I gaze from my window
At the moon in its flight
My thoughts all stray to you….
It has I think, what could be described as a relaxed romantic mood. The acrylic and wax medium has been applied smoothly, as often jazz is described as “smooth” listening.
It is signed on the reverse. As it is a deep canvas it doesn’t necessarily need framing and could be hung straight away.