maggie raku

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maggie edwards

I work mainly in my studio in Saltdean near the Telscombe Cliff Downs but when possible in situ. I sketch and take digital images from walks and travelling across the Sussex Downs, seashore and the mountains of Southern Spain.

The sea, with its rich source of movement, colour and mood and the Downs, reflecting the changing light and atmosphere of the Sussex chalk lands, are the main inspirations for my work. I am also fascinated by the structure and light of the local harbours with their fishing boats and landing stages. It is the rich variety of weather, the seasons and times of day that provide me with challenges of capturing reflected light, an approaching storm or sudden bursts of low sunlight. Visits to Cornwall have also inspired me with its darker, more richly tonal land and brilliantly lit seascape.

Recently, from my visits to my brother’s wilderness garden in the mountains of the Alpujarras, Spain, I have bought back images from which I am currently creating a series of oils and acrylics. These present different challenges of broken sunlight and enclosed spaces, inviting the viewer to hidden places beyond reach.

I have also been working with clay structures for many years, building ceramic vessels in mainly stoneware but sometimes earthenware material. My ceramic pieces relate closely in feel to my 2D work, but focus on the corrosive and erosive weathering effects of the sea upon the natural and man-made.

Life drawing is an essential element of my work. I work in charcoal and conte to continuously exercise my observational skills and use of media. I also use the studies to create clay figure sculptures in stoneware.

I trained in fine art first in Croydon and then Brighton. I have exhibited my work in London and galleries in the south east. I also belong to the Brighton Artist Open Houses and exhibit and sell my work each year at the Brighton Festival.

I love the work of William Turner, Joan Eardley, Winifred Nicholson and Ivon Hitchens. With these artists I share their love of land, sea, the effect of light and weather upon land and sea and their fascination with atmospheric changing patterns of light.