Maureen, who during our Friday sessions normally sits quietly getting on with her work, may have gone unnoticed by many members. Last Friday however, Maureen changed all that and opened our eyes with a really impressive talk and display of work, and in so many disciplines too! Including embroidery, textiles, printmaking, oils and much more.
With such little time available, Maureen was only able to touch on the surface of over 70 years as a working artist! But in just 40 minutes, she enlightened us together with many anecdotes, which included narrowly missing being blown to bits by a doodle bug during a life class session, whilst the female model seemed to be more concerned about the damage to her underwear and silk stockings! Afterwards, Maureen spent quite some time explaining her work and answering further questions.
I was truly impressed by her story, her enthusiasm and continuing energy for new challenges.
Amongst her many achievements in art, Maureen has worked on murals for Selfidges, John Lewis and the Institue of Engineers and others. In 1979 she was the founder member of the Greenwich Printmakers' Association whose gallery in Greenwich is still showing limited edition original artist's prints. In 1975/6 Maureen worked on an embroidered hanging for European Architectural Heritage Year, and more recently, worked and directed a large embroidery project titled, History of Greenwich from '0 - 2000’.
UK and overseas exhibitions
Maureen’s work has been selected for the RA Summer Exhibition and other national shows. Her work is in public museums including the National Maritime Museum, the National Museum of Wales and also Collections in Yorkshire, Cambridge, Coventry, University of Surrey, Graphotel Berlin, and the print collections of Greenwich and Lewisham.
Apart from just the UK, Maureen has also exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, Russia, USA and Canada.