Reaching 40 was a pivotal turning point for Maria. She closed her business due to a breakdown and the onset of M.E. and began painting. Her talk will cover her 25 years as an artist. She will reveal her personal and creative journey by showing emotive artworks, demonstrating her transition from illustration and textiles to abstract paintings. She’ll discuss methods and materials used and how she propelled herself forward at each hurdle; explaining stages of development and achievements in her practice and sharing key learning pointers. Her intimate sketchbooks, project folders and artworks will be available to view.
This event is open to the public but disabled and marginalised people will have priority booking.
Date 2015: Tuesday 1st December
Venue: Conference Room, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG
The Artist: Maria was selected and won the Kress Art Prize and has been awarded three lots of individual funding from Arts Council England. Graduating in 1998 with FIRST CLASS B.A. Fine Art she has exhibited widely in the UK, including a Solo Show at Thomas and Paul Gallery in London 2014, International art-fairs and participating in an Artists Residency in Hungary. Maria has delivered talks at an FE College and community groups, managed several collaborative projects and Open Houses, and shown her work in a number of ‘art and health’ venues. A trained C & G teacher (FE) she has facilitated workshops for marginalised artists and worked as a Peer Mentor with the Sussex Recovery College. View Maria’s LinkedIn page here.