My name is Maggie. I've always been creative. I've loved drawing, painting and sculpting from about age 12. After graduating with a degree in Fine Art and Spanish in Secondary Education I taught at the High School level and worked as a substitute teacher. I also worked in the medical field for some time. I continued to paint throughout that time joining local Art Associations and participating in local art shows. I mostly focused on Abstract Art in college then spent a semester in Spain where I developed a love for Realist Art. My favorite artists among the classics are Vermeer for his use of light and Picasso for his boldness in painting in a variety of styles. Acrylics soon became my preferred medium due to their ability to mix with water and dry quickly. I enjoy diversity and exploring different styles and techniques in order to challenge and stretch my potential. I often strive to capture “mood” and a sense of tranquility in my paintings. I try to communicate my inner vision' and evoke a contemplative state My paintings have often been described as having a sense of “romance, mystery and a serene quality” about them. My landscapes and seascapes reflect my love of nature. Recently I created a series of paintings I like to call 'pop portraits' using bold colors and simple shapes. I believe that Art celebrates the joy in life. I create Art to inspire, promote and reflect the beauty in the simple things; the moments, people, or places that surround us every day yet often seem to go unnoticed. I hope to bring that sense of joy and appreciation to others through my art. I hope you'll enjoy browsing through my work and let me know what you think.