A Bit About Me – Artist Statement and Biography

A bit about Maggie

Maggie Hurley

Maggie Hurley’s artwork explores the natural world through a lens that balances playful observation with a deep appreciation for its beauty and vulnerability. Her subjects, often birds, marine life, and other wildlife, are rendered in vibrant acrylics, oil, gouache, and watercolor, capturing their unique personalities and fostering a connection with the environment.

Hurley’s artistic journey began in Southern California, where her early experiences fostered a lifelong respect for the natural world. This connection is evident in her work, where even the most whimsical portrayals carry a subtle undercurrent of environmental awareness. From teaching herself to paint as a child, to studying at Laguna College of Art + Design, Hurley has imagined, created, and crafted for the majority of her life. A portion of her proceeds consistently supports organizations dedicated to wildlife conservation and habitat preservation.

While Hurley’s style leans towards the representational, her meticulous attention to detail and vibrant color palettes imbue her subjects with a sense of life and personality. This approach invites viewers to engage with the natural world on a deeper level, appreciating the wonder and inherent value of all living creatures.

Hurley’s artwork is more than just aesthetically pleasing; it serves as a gentle reminder of the importance of environmental stewardship. By showcasing the beauty and intrigue of the natural world, she hopes to inspire viewers to appreciate its delicate balance and advocate for its protection.

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