I have been puzzling how to draw movement since I was 16, when I made early attempts to capture a stream in flow.
My training was pre-digital and fairly traditional – observational drawing methods and paper based materials. Since then I have extended my tools to include digital drawing, drawing in performance using projection, and film making. Like many artists of my generation I confront questions of what might be lost? And what can be gained?
From 2008 – 2013 I undertook a Fine Art practice based PhD at Aberystwyth University to deepen my research into looking at and drawing movement. In mapping a way across the digital divide I sought to connect past traditions with present and future image making.
The subject matters and art forms I work with are seen through the lens of my core research into how to capture movement. I am never happier than when performing and co-creating with musicians, dancers, actors, storytellers and poets. My aim for the work is to be part of a living cultural tradition. Informing this is the hope that If I reveal my process, while I am in process, this assists viewers to read the work.
Drawings of music, musicians and dance
& performance works
NATURE/LANDSCAPES, OSPREYS, PANDEMIC PAINTINGS & MURALS
During the Pandemic I walked and painted, posting the images to social media as they were painted.
At the Osprey centre I drew from the live video feed.
These are small performances.
MYTHS & LEGENDS
Red Riding Hood, Selkies & Women of the Mabinogi
Sometimes I work in more abstract ways, generating charms and spells in sculptural form.
PHD & NERC (Natural Environment Research Council)
From 2008 – 2013 I undertook a practice-based PhD at Aberystwyth University and combined digital imaging and observational drawing to explore the essential qualities of both.
In 2022 researchers at Aberystwyth University invited me to participate in a project exploring Climate Change with funding from NERC – Natural Environment Research Council.
In recording my process of working I hope to enable the viewer to work with me. The work is incomplete until it is shared and interpreted through another’s eyes and heart.
They are my mobile studio.
“Maria’s work has enriched my personal life for many years. Living with Maria’s paintings of a dancing dervish, a moon walk and waterfall lift my spirits. Her acrylic ceiling mural in our conservatory play with the light from the sun in an ever changing kaleidoscope.”
Dr Ditty Doktor – Dramatherapist