Member Category: Artists
Although Maureen McCart-Shier enjoyed art and sketched as a youngster it wasn’t until her mid-thirties that she was introduced to Decorative Art, where she painted for the first time with acrylics. It didn’t take long before Maureen had a very busy career teaching and designing in Canada, the US and the UK.
In 2011/12, Maureen gave up her busy career to pursue her dream of someday becoming a wild life artist. Maureen’s extensive art study also found her studying with many artists to include Robert Bateman, Terry Issac and Derek Wicks where she credits each one. New skills learned from each workshop were added to her ‘artistic toolbox’, resulting in the style she uses in her art work today.
I’ve always been drawn to nature in general and really couldn’t see myself painting anything else. I found the more I studied animals/nature and their physical make-up, the more it opened my eyes. The texture and diversity in fur for example isn’t something that most would be aware of, let alone even the directional growth or density of fur in varied species. It’s these things that I have been blessed to ‘see’. Being a photo realist, the challenge has been to make the composition ‘my own’ with changes/additions that work to hopefully improve the composition in general. I don’t always succeed.
I love the mystery seen in a low key composition that you see in allot of my work. I also love ‘detail’! Some of my work has taken as long as 2 or 3 months to complete and there are few days when I am NOT in my studio.
My most recent challenge has found me experimenting not only with different techniques but mediums as well and it’s been both rewarding and exciting. I look forward to my future and to what direction my art will find me.
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