Her chosen medium is so well suited to the Irish landscape, which is the subject matter of a large proportion of her work. Those who practice water colour painting are undoubtedly aware of it’s temperamental, unpredictable nature. However Maeve seems to use this to her advantage. It seems as though water colour is well matched with the Irish landscape, where thanks to the restless Irish climate, moments of beauty can sometimes be fleeting. Maeve has over the years mastered this medium, so that every mark appears effortless, and as a result has become adept at transporting the viewer inside the painting, to the place of inspiration.
While studying art history, I would often chat to Maeve about art, especially her approach to paining and personal technique
'How do you know to put that mark there?'
'Why did you decide to apply the brush there first, in that way?'
'What made you choose that colour first', and so on.
Maeve used to be quite amused by my enquires, as they were questions it seemed she rarely, if ever, asked herself. Her response was usually to cheerfully shrug off my interrogation with "I just do it"!
It’s difficult to believe that she ‘just’ painted such this sunny afternoon below, but painting is part of her. It’s a movement and an expression. Anyone who sees her work knows that they are looking at a piece of art that is unique and individual, but that also has real roots. While Maeve does enjoy taking inspiration from European cities such as Dublin, Barcelona and Venice, it is clear that her work is driven by the energy she soaks up from her local landscape.
Written by her daughter: Eimear Doherty