McArthur, Maureen

Born in Northern Ireland to Canadian parents, Maureen was raised in various regions depending on her father’s military posting.  Her initial exposure to painting came in 1995 at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. So much joy was found dabbling in painting that she promised herself retirement would mean the full time pursuit of her passion of brush on canvas. 2018 saw that dream come alive. She took the plunge and build a home and studio in Seabright, Nova Scotia, a stone’s throw from the iconic Peggy’s Cove.  Maureen is a member of the Peggy’s Cove Area Festival of the Arts and has displayed her work at Louise Mussett’s Studio 43.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Mainly a self taught artist, she currently works with acrylics but is interested in all artistic mediums.  Her painting is a means of being sensitive to seeing color and the nuances of illumination and shadow, as much as a means of expressing visual thought.  Seemingly small simple things inspire her work, the patina of time, the persistence of waves on a shore, natures symmetry. Through the insinuation of these actions a much larger consequence is inferred. Her aim is to gently lead the artist in all of us in a way which makes them worthy of careful consideration.