Born a Scouse, brought up in Chelsea, Maggy left for 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 more places beyond.
But despite her passion for colour, form, and images of difference and magic, Maggy came very late to painting. Following powerful counsel in kindergarten at the age of six to abandon art as a lost cause and focus on sums and English, it would be nearly 50 years before she was brave enough to pick up a paintbrush again.
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 fracturing several vertebrae in a riding accident, that a new door opened for her in spinal rehab, and she began to paint - nervous and shy - as an absolute novice.
Luck and kindness fuelled that new passion - searching out skilled tutors, she was lucky to meet generous painters, who encouraged her learning, and she supplemented this by devouring art books and learning programmes of many kinds. - and in time found her own path to painting.
Working then as a consultant for international law firms, her first hesitant steps in painting were made in small journals - which also provided a needed antidote to the angst of boardroom warfare!
Since then, during 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 bought by private collectors and has also been selected and exhibited in the Broadway Arts Festival; Little Buckland Gallery; the Fosseway Artists, the Sue Ryder Hospice, and Blockley Art Society.
The road less travelled now fuels and drives her passion for painting and learning.