Artist of the Month:
“Wildflower Meadow, Hale” oil by Maureen Obey
Maureen Obey, a former resident of Dedham, began her art journey with sketching in charcoal using the music albums as her inspiration. Soon she discovered watercolor and Nancy Sargent Howell. “She is an amazing teacher, and I was in awe learning all the different techniques through her patience and enthusiasm.”
After I raised my family, I came back to art but this time to discover a great love of oils through classes with Edwina Caci. Slowly I began building on past experience with my watercolor landscapes and looked for more challenging subjects of buildings and people taking classes for a short time with Rosemarie Morelli and for a number of years with Dianne Panerelli Miller. She continues today with the master painter Jonathan Fairbanks.
Twenty years ago, I found my true passion was in oils, although in the past couple of years I felt drawn to try pastel. The strong and true pigment was addicting so I became a student of Jeanne Rosier Smith’s. “I can’t say now which is myfavorite medium. I am finding that my great love is the medium I am working in at that moment. I have been very fortunate to have had exposure to so many great teachers that share their wealth of information.”
“I try and grow by challenging myself whenever I get the chance, learning new techniques and everything I can to make myself a better painter. I want to paint moments that stand out for me, that make me catch my breath, and share that feeling with others through my work. Everywhere I look I feel there is a painting to be done. Since being an artist, you never stop learning and growing, I know I will be painting into my nineties. I’ll never want to stop learning and why would I since I’m having the time of my life living in my stretch zone.”
Maureen Obey is an active member of the Westwood Artists as well as Dedham Art Association and serves on the board of the Norwood Art Association. She has shown her work at the Norwood Fine Artist Gallery and she has been part of the Illuminations Exhibitions with MGH for two years.