Brought up in a south London flat, Maeve’s early life was urban, but her parents were ramblers and on regular long walks in the countryside they instilled in her a love of the natural world. These days she is happy just to be in the Oxfordshire countryside, as she immerses herself in her rural environment with her sketchbook and camera and depicting it in a variety of media. She is interested in colour, surface and texture and this has led her from her initial practice of drawing and painting (acrylic and oil) into print-making (lino-cuts, collagraphs and dry-point etchings) and also collage.
Maevewould describe herself as a colourist, her artwork is bold and vibrant, and she tends to work with simplified areas of flat colour. She has been influenced by her parents’ aesthetic: the 1930s/1940s pared down graphic design and heightened use of colour on plates, book covers and railway posters.
In 2012 Maeveachieved a distinction on a Foundation Course in Art & Design at Abingdon and Witney College and then completed a One-Year Post-Foundation Advanced Professional Development Course at Oxford Studios. She is a member of Oxford Arts Society. Maeve’s recent group exhibitions include a number of exhibitions since 2013, and most recently:
Bury-Knowle Library, Oxford October 2016
Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford May 2016
Oxford Arts Society Open Exhibition, St John Evangelist Church, Iffley Road, Oxford in 2016, Oxford Town Hall in 2017, Radley College Abingdon in 2018
Maeve has lectured in the sociology of culture (art and music further) and her PhD was in popular music-making. Her publications include Frock Rock: Women Performing Popular Music and she has long been a semi-professional musician, writing songs and playing with bands and most recently solo as a singer-songwriter.