My inspiration comes from my walks around the countryside with my two dogs. During the first lockdown I was getting over the side effects of extensive chemo and radiotherapy, so my energies were still low, however, I was determined to regain my enthusiasm and love of painting and when the second lockdown hit, I was ready to get productive, hence the Lockdown Series Walks around the Blenheim Estate, mostly captured during the bitterly cold days at the beginning of this year. The paintings have attracted the attention of Blenheim Palace official site who have also requested a video of me working on one of the paintings. In addition to this an article was also published by theBeyonder.
Maureen Gillespie was born in Ireland, now resides in Oxfordshire. She is self-taught, but has attended a number of tutorials. Working mostly in oil she uses a variety of techniques to obtain the desired effect. Her main inspiration is nature, in particular land and seascapes, capturing the mood, light and atmosphere. Capturing moments from walks by the coast and countryside, catching the light on a wave or the glimmer of sunlight through the trees. Maureen makes quick sketches and takes photos, which she transfers on to board in her studio.
She is inspired by the Impressionists – Monet. Realism –Gustave Courbet and Turner for his expressive landscapes.
Her passion is to create a piece of work that has sensory value to the viewer. She has exhibited in the Cotswolds, Ireland, Jersey with –BNP (Paribas) and the Cotswolds. Featured in the ‘Oxford Art Book ‘ The City through the eyes of its artists’. Maureen is a regular participant in Oxfordshire Art weeks, a member of Chipping Norton Arts and Visual Artists Association.