Maureen lives in Kilmore North of Melbourne Victoria. Maureen commenced oil painting lessons for two years with local artist Pauline Cross in 1987 at the Living and Learning Centre in Eltham . She had lived in the area for approximately 30 years. She moved on to take lessons in oil for 1 year with another local artist Noella Clohesy at the Diamond Valley Arts Society. She didn’t enjoy the medium so further instruction followed comprising two terms of watercolor experience with well known Australian Artist Herman Pekel and two years with Giselle Bolitin Maynard. Maureen is mainly self taught in the wet on wet style which she finds exciting and challenging.
Solo Exhibitions - Eltham Library Fire Station Ivanhoe Volumns Eltham Rivers Nursery Yarrambat Willira Gallery Heathcote Winery Maureen’s art has received several awards including;
First at St. Francis Xavier Montmorency Watercolor Second Heidelberg Arts Society Watercolor Second Slovenian Art Exhibition 1993 Watercolor Second Northern Region Art and Craft Watercolor Best Watercolor Diamond Valley Arts Society 1997 First Diamond Valley Arts Society Watercolor 1999 Highly commended 4x5 Watercolor Best Watercolor Banyule Heritage Tom Roberts Award Best Watercolor Diamond Valley Artists Society 2005 Best Pastel Diamond Valley Arts Society 2005 Highly Commended Watercolor Yarrambat Primary Art show 2005 Highly commended Watercolor Loyola College Art show 2007 Aquired painting by Bendigo Easter Rotary Art Show and then raffled off proceeds to local charities. Best Water colour Kalkallo 2010 Best painting in Kilmore Agricultural Show 2010 Peoples choice award Kilmore Art Show 2010 Best Water colour Kalkallo 2011 Best local content Kalkallo 2011 Best Water colour Heathcote 2011 Best local content Kalkallo 2012` Highly commended – Broadford Acquisition Heathcote 2014 Presidents Award Kilmore Agr. Show 2014 Best in Show Heathcote 2015 Best Watercolour 2015 Kalkallo. Best Watercolour Kilmore Art Expo 2017 Peoples choice Award Heathcote 2018 Best W/C Kilmore Expo 2018 Painting of Kilmore View chosen for the Victorian Wine Festival 2018
Maureen enjoys portraiture using pastels.
Her paintings are in collections in Germany England and the United States. She exhibits locally and is well known for her loose spontaneous style. She loves a challenge and loves to paint figures, flowers, boats, landscapes, seascapes , buildings and native birds.
Maureen has taught watercolor to children and adults at the Diamond Valley Arts Society for a number of years.
Maureen now teaches Adults water colour at home in all subjects. She has also run workshops with the Echuca , Plenty Valley Arts, Heathcote, Seymour Art Society, Diamond Valley Art Society, Yarrawonga Art Group and Kilmore Art Society