ARTIST Q&A

Maureen Greenwood

Greater London - UK

Type of artwork you're most likely to produce?

Abstracts, landscapes, sunsets, flowers, still life.

What is your favourite piece of art you have created?

Monet`s Garden.

If you weren't an artist what other career would you be in?

Teaching.

If you could buy one piece of artwork what would it be?

A painting by Samuel J. Peploe.

What inspires you?

Gardens, Flowers, Scenery, landscapes, etc.

Delving a little deeper

Why do you do what you do?

I have always loved to paint. Due to personal circumstances, I was unable to take up art seriously until later in life, at which time I attended art courses at various colleges, including The Camden School of Art; Stanmore College; Hendon College and the Harrow Arts Centre but am fundamentally self-taught.

In 2001, I was approached by a Gallery Owner who mentored me and introduced me to the commercial world of art, which led me into working as a full-time artist. Following that my work was exhibited in a number of art galleries in London and elsewhere. I also set up classes from my studio, teaching art. My work has also been shown at Art Fairs and I have been very successful in selling my work abroad.

Can you tell us about your artistic background/education

I attended art courses at various colleges, including The Camden School of Art; Stanmore College; Hendon College and the Harrow Arts Centre

Do you work in silence or do you prefer a distraction?

Sometimes, I listen to classical music or, I may listen to the radio, although I am quite happy to work in silence, as once I am working on a painting I become completely absorbed in it.

How do you choose the subject matter for your works?

My choice of subject varies. I do not like to continually paint the same subjects. Ideas for new works come from various different places. Primarily, my travels provide me with fresh ideas however, I have not been able to travel in recent years, so my inspirations come from other places, such as art books, my old photos, my garden.

Has your practice changed over time?

I do not think it has changed as much as improved. I have worked in all media and, in fact, my first introduction to painting was in watercolour, which is very useful when on holiday as you only need a small box of paints and a pad.

Who are your favourite contemporary or historical artists and why?

Chardin for his wonderful still lives and chiaroscuro work in his paintings. Vermeer for his drawing and delicate use of colour; Alfred Sisley for his impressionistic style of painting; Samuel J Peploe for his colours and design.

If you could describe your work in less than 5 words, what would they be?

Colourful, distinctive, vibrant.

What is the best advice given to you as an artist?

Learn the basics and, in particular, learn to draw before taking up a paintbrush.