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.
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.