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 a Tutor and Demonstrator. Eighteen years ago she opened Pirbright Art Club and has since organised and run regular exhibitions, outdoor painting days, workshops, art holidays and private classes. Maggie continues to paint and exhibit alongside her busy teaching schedule.

Maggie self-portraitExperienced 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 exhibited with the Village Artists at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking during September. Twelve local artists were showing their work at this prestigious gallery and most sold at least one painting over the two-week period.

Forthcoming Workshop
Maggie ran a successful one-day workshop at the Woking Adult Learning Centre on Saturday October 14th. Titled "Drawing with Pastel : Still-Life Study with Flowers", it was a chance to explore this exciting theme with a small group of learners. Many techniques were covered and some successful paintings were produced.

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 2017 Art Holiday took place at Bodrugan Barton, near Mevagissey, Cornwall in early July. The weather was fine and the artists were able to paint outside for most of the week, visiting some stunning locations including Charlestown Harbour, Colona Bay and Gorran Haven. For further information about Maggie's Art Holidays, click here.

Some of Maggie's demonstration paintings from the Holiday are shown below.


Tutor Showcase Poster

Tutor Exhibition, Harvey Gallery

Maggie exhibited her work in the Tutor Showcase Exhibition at the Harvey Gallery, Guildford during February and March. 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.