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. Twenty-one years ago she opened Pirbright Art Club and has since organised and run the meetings and annual exhibitions, as well as outdoor painting days, workshops, art holidays and private classes. Maggie continues to paint and exhibit alongside her busy teaching schedule.
Experienced in teaching most media, Maggie's strengths are in all aspects of drawing; watercolour painting and using pastels and pen & wash. She ran the Portrait class for many years at Woking Adult Learning Centre. More recently Maggie has been working in acrylics and inks for her own paintings. She is skilled in showing students how to achieve interesting composition and prepare sketches for paintings. Demonstrations and workshops are clearly structured, and colour-mixing is kept simple.
Maggie demonstrates to art groups and societies, as well as in her workshops and classes. Figures and portraits, landscapes, seascapes and still-life are among the many subjects which she demonstrates.
Maggie and several members of Pirbright Art Club exhibited at Denbies Wine Estate for the Village Artists Exhibition during July 2021.
Maggie Read and Janina Klein took part in Surrey Artists Open Studios together, this summer, across 3 weekends in June from Nina's home in Merrow. They had indoor and outdoor (gazebo) areas to display their paintings which were part of the Merrow Art Trail. They welcomed many visitors and Maggie also ran a series of demonstrations on Saturday 12th June - these were not advertised in the brochure, so invited guests and visitors had the chance to watch them.
The Surrey Artists Open Studios website is www.surreyopenstudios.org.uk
Maggie took part in Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year, as one of the Wildcard Artists, at the West Reservoir Centre in Hackney. This was the second heat filmed at this location. This heat was filmed on one of the hottest days in August 2020. The episode was televised in February 2021.