Born in the UK, brought up in Chelsea, Maggy was swept off to the Far East as a young bride. There, in the little village of Katong, began her love of the exotic – of spices and colours, of strong light and different ways of being, influences and images that still impact on her work,
She has lived and worked in many far flung places – and travelled to many more: from Guatemala to China, from the Jebel Akbar to the remote island of Huahine in the deep South Pacific, from an isolated farm somewhere up a dirt track on the route to Mafeking, to staying in palaces and tents as a guest of a Rajput ruler and his Mowari horses, in wildest Rajasthan – and to many places beyond.
But despite her passion for colour, form, and images of difference and magic, Maggy came late to painting, following powerful counsel in kindergarten to focus on sums, not art…
But, her mantra has always been to follow the road less travelled, and that road took her to lands unknown, However, it was not until her third age, after she fractured several vertebrae in a riding accident, that a new door opened for her in spinal rehab.
In the last twelve years, Maggy’s work has become regularly selected, hung and sold in major national competitions and exhibitions. These include the Royal Institution of Painters in Watercolours and the Society of Women Artists, both held at the Mall Galleries in London. Her work has also been selected and exhibited in the Broadway Arts Festival; Little Buckland Gallery; the Fosseway Artists; and Blockley Art Society.
Her landscapes do not seek to describe the reality of form, but rather her memories and sense of place – for her the essence.
In a similar quest, her portraits seek not to paint the image, but rather the feelings within. And, her work is often influenced by poetry – such as the magical works of the late Kathleen Raine.
The road less travelled now found in her world of painting.