A new exhibition has been unveiled at a community-run arts centre in the Moorlands. Artist Maggie Hatchard is now displaying a number of her latest creations in the Drawing Room Cafe within the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek.
A new exhibition has been unveiled at a community-run arts centre in the Moorlands.
Artist Maggie Hatchard is now displaying a number of her latest creations in the Drawing Room Cafe within the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek.
Maggie states that she feels that she “seems to have been painting for ever.”
She attended art college, gaining a degree in Industrial Ceramics and then trained to be a teacher. Maggie found her vocation as an educator and over her long art teaching career she taught art and pottery in secondary schools. Nowadays she runs classes for adult learners on a weekly basis and follows her passion for painting.
She decided to retire from secondary school teaching in order to concentrate on her own artwork. Maggie has developed a unique personal style, characterised by her strong vibrant watercolour paintings.
Her current exhibition, in the Foxlowe Arts Centre Drawing Room Café, comprises 14 framed paintings. Some are on grounds of handmade paper. Some of her paintings include metallic leaf and metallic water-based media.
Maggie said: “I love the bold bright colours that can be achieved by dropping pure colour into water and allowing it to run and blend with other colours.
“I like to use the accidents that often happen when colours granulate and run and I frequently use other materials to encourage these accidents to occur.”
The inspiration for a great deal of Maggie’s work arises from her garden, which is full of a wide range of colour. Her paintings translate the intricacy of the movement of petals and the patterns created by floral nature.
The strength of Maggie’s paintings lies also in her drawings. She studies the patterns, structures and movement in her garden scenes. She develops imagined backgrounds to “set off the flowers.”
This has drawn her to use lustre paints in her work, which add to and enable the development of her imagined elements.
She added: “If you look at my paintings in certain lights you will see the shine of gold, silver, bronze and other lustre colours, weaving through the painting.”
Maggie’s exhibition is a lively, dynamic wall garden, bringing the joy of her gaze to the Drawing Room Café Wall.
It began at the Foxlowe on Monday (March 14) and will run trough until May 13.
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