Maggie has always been passionate about nature and art, a combined love of both from a very early age, being totally immersed in the senses as she walked on solitary nature rambles on the farm where she was raised. She has worked in an artistic capacity ever since, achieving a BA in Textile Design at Winchester College of Art in 1979 and qualified as a teacher in 1992. A move to Pembrokeshire in 2004 has enabled her to be immersed in this wonderful, wild landscape that she loves, it gives her inspiration.
“I explore how this wonderful scenery has been, and is currently influenced, by our use of the land. These places, scrubby moors and unkempt hedges, so full of life..... they are so disregarded, eroded subliminally, and with frightening consequences…. that I feel they deserve a second glance and need to be preserved by conservation and interpretation.
I recently visited an art retreat in Ireland, winter 2018, tucked away in a studio space, hugging the cliffs on the south west coast, part of the Atlantic Way, where Storm Deidre had just arrived. It was a pivotal moment of clarity… and convinced me that my paintings are simply, to portray and ‘feel’ the joy and darkness that the environment can evoke in me, an innate sense of being so alive…. and imbibes my own personal feelings at that single moment in time, makes it ‘our’ own………”
She works intuitively, and constantly sketch outdoors. She is then able to develop the paintings in the studio, where she creates works which respond to the intimate engagement and ‘feelings’ she has with this precious landscape, striving for reflection and quietness that a cloistered, ‘still’ environment of woodland might inspire, a fleeting shape and light through a new leaf …but loving too, the physicality of painting, creating energy, light, air and wind to express elemental, ‘weather’ paintings. She aims to suggest rather than describe, using a variety of materials, to explore, evoke a sense of place within the landscape, constantly striving to capture their atmosphere in her paintings.
‘’A Maggie Brown painting allows the viewer to be able to see, but also gives us freedom to be able to use our own innate senses. We can then journey through the pictures and feel, think and dream - to create our own journey. We can hear the stream rippling, and the rustle of the leaves, we can feel the wind in our face and hear the pounding of the sea. We can feel the damp and the warmth. These silent tutorials allow us to escape from our cluttered minds. It is a precious gift. That she can now teach this is testament to her ability.’’
(words of a painter friend Nat Young)