|"Newlyn School of Art offers some of the best short courses in the UK; taught by some of the most exciting artists working in Cornwall".|
Maggie O'Brien is a very experienced teacher of short courses having regularly taken painting groups to the Scilly Isles and as far afield as India. Her teaching style is deeply inspiring and based around encouraging exploration, freedom and fun.
Maggie paints the wild and rugged landscape of Penwith and the Scilly Isles. She often draws and paints outdoors returning to the studio to take works further. Her works are a mixture of place, memory and imagination. Her painting process is an emotionally driven exploration of light, weather and the pattern and rhythm of the seasons.
Maggie uses a variety of techniques and materials and some of the resulting images are more abstract than others. For her painting is a ritual of burial and retrieval and most of the images when they emerge are hard won.
Maggie also creates project work using text, sound and installation as well as drawing and painting to explore issues such as immigration, personal and collective memory, value and desire. Narrative is often key, as is humour.