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Artist Maggie O'Leary


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Biography


Nature is my biggest inspiration.  I am taken by beautiful sunsets, the abstract way light falls through a heavily forested riverbank, or the inside beauty of a dissected flower.  Science and anatomy are large parts of my inspiration and lead me to create fluid organic shapes and explore the use of unexpected color.  Point of view is a strong consideration for me given my illustration background and I observe things from all angles.  I particularly enjoy brilliant colors and work in a variety of media including, oil, pastel, watercolor, mixed media and printmaking.
     I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia with a BFA in Communication Art and Design.  Illustration offered me the chance to spend day after day drawing the figure and interpreting many fables.  I don't make art to match your furniture, but if it happens, then that is a plus I suppose.  Many believe that an illustrator and a fine artist cannot coexist.  Proving the critics wrong is a personal choice. Storytelling through my art is what drives me on and I invite the viewer to look at my art and create his or her own story.
     My husband Steve and I currently make the beautiful historic town of Annapolis, Maryland our home.  We enjoy hiking, beaches, cooking and spending time with our daughter Erin, her husband, Jorge and our grandson, Tomas. 
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