Maggie O’Brien gained a degree in English at Warwick University before graduating with a BA from Camberwell School of Art followed by an MA in drawing at Wimbledon. She moved to Cornwall ten years ago and works from her studio on the Penwith peninsular near Lands End. She has shown in exhibitions throughout the UK and her work is in collections all over the world.
Maggie’s work crosses many different disciplines experimenting with processes and ways of working appropriate to the subject, and the ideas she wishes to communicate. Her Cornish landscapes tend to be intuitive and expressive, a direct and joyful response to walks along the coastal paths, and across the farms and Moorland. She is a frequent visitor to the Sicily Isles and spends many weeks on Tresco painting and teaching here. A large part of her work focuses on the birds, animals and insects that live alongside us. She is passionate about the concept of re-wilding and re-foresting parts of the UK. Living in a remote part of Cornwall brings her close to the natural world, and she is mindful of its vulnerability, and our collective responsibility towards it.
Alongside her landscapes much of her work focuses on vanishing species of Moths, Butterflies and Birds and her exquisite anatomical studies of moths and butterflies highlight the plight of these vanished species.