Maggie Read

About The Artist

Surrey artist, Maggie Read was trained at the University of the Creative Arts, formerly Epsom College of Art and Design, where she studied Graphic Design and Illustration. She worked as a freelance illustrator for several years before having a family and re-launching her career as an Art Tutor in Adult Education. Maggie continued to paint and accept commissions for portraits and illustrations. Sixteen years ago she opened Pirbright Art Club in Surrey and has since organised and run regular exhibitions, outdoor painting days, workshops, art holidays and private classes.

Maggie self-portrait Experienced in teaching most media, Maggie's strengths are in drawing; watercolours; pastels and pen & wash. More recently Maggie has been working in water-mixable oils. She is skilled in showing students how to achieve interesting composition and prepare sketches for paintings. Demonstrations are clear, and colour-mixing is kept simple.

Maggie demonstrates to art groups and societies as well as her regular classes. Figures and portraits, landscapes, seascapes and still-life are among the many subjects which she demonstrates. For a full set of subjects and media offered, please look under  Demonstrations


Maggie will be exhibiting with the Village Artists at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking from Monday 4th September - do come and visit. Maggie will be stewarding all day on Wednesday 6th and Wednesday 13th September, if you want to pop in and say hello! See the Denbies website for more information or have a look at the exhibition flyer 

Forthcoming Workshop
Maggie is holding a one-day workshop at the Woking Adult Learning Centre, "Drawing with Pastel : Still-Life Study with Flowers" on Saturday October 14th between 10am and 3:30pm. Enrol now through the Surrey County Council website or telephone 0300 200 1044. Course code : RDA6371G.

Outdoor Painting Days
Maggie ran a series of Outdoor Drawing & Painting Days this Summer, as usual. Many of her students and members of Pirbright Art Club joined her for these and enjoyed the varied locations and their challenges! These photos show some of our group enjoying the tour of the Jane Austen Museum, which we visited before we started the art session. Click on the "Outdoor Painting Days" tab above to see more photos of all the locations.

Cornwall Art Holiday
Maggie's last Art Holiday was to Bodrugan Barton, near Mevagissey, Cornwall during July, 2017. Further information about Maggie's Art Holiday can be found here.

Tutor Showcase Poster

Tutor Exhibition, Harvey Gallery

Maggie exhibited her work in the Tutor Showcase Exhibition at the Harvey Gallery, Guildford from Monday February 20th until Friday March 3rd. The poster for the exhibition (shown left) featured Maggie's painting of Pirbright Pond.

Runnymede Art Society Demonstration

Demonstration, Runnymede Art Society
Maggie recently gave a very successful demonstration to Runnymede Art Society using Pen and Wash techniques. The picture right shows Maggie during her demonstration. For further photos and information, see the Pirbright Art Club Facebook page.



Surrey Artists Open Studios

Maggie is a member of the Surrey Artists Open Studios and regularly takes part in their open studios events. For further information see the Surrey Artists Open Studios web-site.


As you will see in the "Contacts" list below, Maggie is now a member of LinkedIn, the social website for professionals.