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Art Show Featuring: Maeve Croghan

March 1st - April 30th

Maeve Croghan’s inno­v­a­tive inter­pre­ta­tions of the nature paint­ing genre have gained her much acclaim. Maeve grew up liv­ing every sum­mer on a remote island in North­ern Michi­gan. Here she devel­oped a deep rev­er­ence for the lakes, woods, the sur­round­ing lands and Nature. When Maeve first vis­it­ed Cal­i­for­nia many years ago, she was over­whelmed by the mag­nif­i­cence of California’s nat­ur­al beau­ty. She paints from a deep spir­i­tu­al con­nec­tion to the envi­ron­ment. Her love of the land is under­stood in her ener­getic and col­or filled paintings.

Maeve Croghan’s inno­v­a­tive inter­pre­ta­tions of the nature paint­ing genre have gained her much acclaim. Maeve grew up liv­ing every sum­mer on a remote island in North­ern Michi­gan. Here she devel­oped a deep rev­er­ence for the lakes, woods, the sur­round­ing lands and Nature. When Maeve first vis­it­ed Cal­i­for­nia many years ago, she was over­whelmed by the mag­nif­i­cence of California’s nat­ur­al beau­ty. She paints from a deep spir­i­tu­al con­nec­tion to the envi­ron­ment. Her love of the land is under­stood in her ener­getic and col­or filled paintings.

Maeve’s oil paint­ings are begun out­side. She intense­ly observes the envi­ron­ment, becom­ing immersed in it as she paints. The paint­ings are fin­ished in the stu­dio from her mem­o­ry and per­son­al inter­pre­ta­tion, with­out pho­to references. 

Maeve has been paint­ing since she was 15. She stud­ied at the San Fran­cis­co Art Insti­tute [BFA pro­gram] for many years, as well the Port­land Muse­um Art School and Cor­co­ran School of Art. She has a BA from New Col­lege of Cal­i­for­nia in Art and Edu­ca­tion’ focus­ing on Art and Social Change. 

Maeve’s paint­ings have been cho­sen for mul­ti­ple edi­tions of the juried books, ART of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia” & Amer­i­can Art Col­lec­tor”, as well the Stu­dio Vis­it” art jour­nal. She has also been the recip­i­ent of many pres­ti­gious juried awards. Her paint­ings have been shown in many gal­leries around the coun­try and in muse­um show­ings in Alas­ka, Cal­i­for­nia, Ore­gon, New Mex­i­co, Michi­gan and Japan. Most recent­ly her paint­ings were cho­sen for exhibits at the Mat­sumo­to Muse­um in Mat­sumo­to, Japan, and for the Muse­um of the Liv­ing Artist in san Diego, Ca. Her paint­ings are fea­tured on the wine labels of Cas­toro Cel­lars from Paso Rob­les, Ca. Her work is in promi­nent col­lec­tions through­out the U.S., Cana­da, Europe, Japan and Mexico. 

Maeve is the founder of the Men­do­ci­no Eco Artists, a pro­fes­sion­al group of artists who join togeth­er and have exhibits ben­e­fit­ting and bring­ing pub­lic­i­ty for dif­fer­ent envi­ron­men­tal caus­es. She is also a found­ing mem­ber of the Mack­inac 7’ Artists group of Mack­inac Island, Michi­gan, a long time mem­ber of the Men­do­ci­no Plein Air Painters,(PAPM), and on the board of the Spring Open Stu­dios Advi­so­ry Board at Hunters Point Artists’ Stu­dios in San Francisco. 

She teach­es Plein air class­es in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, as well as in oth­er loca­tions around the country.

Maeve’s stu­dio is locat­ed at Hunters Point Artists’ Ship­yard Com­mu­ni­ty, in San Fran­cis­co, California. 

ARTIST STATEMENT

I begin my paint­ings out­side in nature. There, I am influ­enced by the all the ele­ments. This affects my paint­ing & the feel­ing I put into the paint­ings. Being at the site allows me to deeply expe­ri­ence the nature as I am paint­ing it.

My sub­jects are care­ful­ly cho­sen to reflect a cer­tain feel­ing I want to con­vey. I am inter­est­ed in how humans affect nature & how nature seems defy human touch. Often, I am attract­ed to the pow­er­ful twisty forms of old oaks, orchards and vines. I admire their abil­i­ty to live through the ele­ments — droughts, storms, great tem­per­a­ture dif­fer­ences. And, the del­i­cate amaz­ing beau­ty of a wild­flower and grass­es can have equal allure. For me these beings pos­sess a kind knowl­edge beyond our nor­mal human understanding. 

My paint­ings are com­plet­ed in the stu­dio. At this point, I work from mem­o­ry and feel­ing. As the work evolves, it often changes from the orig­i­nal scene, tak­ing on its own life. The paint­ings even­tu­al­ly become icons of my sub­jects. There is a deep per­son­al expe­ri­ence with each paint­ing which always remains with me.

I try to keep the mate­ri­als I use close to nature. I only use high qual­i­ty oil paints ground from pig­ments and lin­seed oil — no syn­thet­ic materials. 

It is my wish that my paint­ings will bring this most impor­tant sub­ject — nature and the envi­ron­ment — clos­er to the view­ers atten­tion and con­scious­ness. Through my art, peo­ple are enabled to expe­ri­ence nature in ways they may not have pre­vi­ous­ly con­ceived of.