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Artist Maureen Sheridan


“I am a realist,” says Maureen Sheridan.

Her comment made me think, “I am too.”, as I loved every piece of her work and felt very privileged to visit with her.

“Environment and experiences growing up shape a person,” Sheridan says in her artist statement. “Having always lived by large bodies of water, the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, I have developed an enduring fascination with water and my particular regional landscape. My painting could be termed “perceptual realist” in that the subject matter is specific.

She goes on to say she finds her subject matter mainly through local sources. “I tend to avoid narrative, but try to be faithful to what Jack Chambers called the “ping” of perception – the moment when a complex scene is perceived as meaningful, in all its detail as well as en masse, so that the artist can render it with fidelity, and convey the excitement of that moment to others. This is how inspiration works for me. My paintings are about specific yet timeless moments.”

Perhaps you will recognize her painting, “Big Rock” which won the Frontenac Arch Biosphere’s 2012 juried arts competition? It is just one example of her work and when I saw it, I felt I could easily reach down and touch a lily pad.

Maureen grew up on the River in Brockville. When I asked when she knew she loved drawing, she admitted that early on, even in kindergarten, her teachers told her that her drawings seemed superior to those of her classmates. After being accepted at Queen’s University, she studied Art History, followed by the Queen’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program, in 1989.  Since then her career has blossomed.

The day I visited, Maureen was working on her course work, as she teaches at St. Lawrence College's Kingston and Brockville campuses and at Loyalist College in Belleville. She also shared with me, her binder filled with news articles and posters, from her solo and group exhibitions. 

Subjects in a number of her paintings have a young boy and girl, a brother and sister, and children of a good friend. Maureen often captures the children’s spirit of play in her paintings.  She also is intrigued by colors and has a keen ability of transferring those on canvas. 

Several paintings have been purchased by well-known Canadian and American corporate collections - Dupont, GlaxoSmithKline, Bank of Montreal… and the list goes on, but one of her favorites was a painting of the Toronto subway painted when she was finishing her degree. In fact, the City of Toronto purchased the painting and it hung in the foyer of the Toronto City Hall for several years.

Once, a couple of island residents saw one of Maureen’s paintings and knew they had to buy one.  The reason?  They saw her river scene and realized that they passed that spot on their way to and from their cottage every weekend. It now hangs in their city home as a constant reminder of their love of the Thousand Islands.

No, it is no wonder that Maureen’s paintings win prizes and are popular with gallery owners. She certainly is right when she states, “my paintings are about specific yet timeless moments.”

 Autumn-moment
“Autumn Moment”
44"x47", Acrylic on canvas
Copyright© - Maureen Sheridan - All rights reserved
 At the border
“At the Border”
36" x 54", Acrylic on canvas
Copyright© - Maureen Sheridan - All rights reserved
 End-of-day
“End of Day”
25" x 48 ", Acrylic on Canvas
Copyright© - Maureen Sheridan - All rights reserved
 August
“August”
32"x48", Acrylic on canvas
Copyright© - Maureen Sheridan - All rights reserved
 preparations-III
“Preparations III”
45" x 45 ", Acrylic on canvas
Copyright© - Maureen Sheridan - All rights reserved
 Before-the-race
“Before the Race”
31" x 62 " Acrylic on canvas
Copyright© - Maureen Sheridan - All rights reserved
 pause
“Pause”
45"x84", Acrylic on canvas
Copyright© - Maureen Sheridan - All rights reserved

Be sure to visit Maureen Sheridan’s website.  Take the time to see the paintings http://www.maureensheridan.com/.  Her paintings are also available through Gallery Raymond, 334 Princess St. Kingston, ON.  galleryraymond@sympatico.ca

By Susan W. Smith, susansmith@thousandislandslife.com

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Len Ewald
Comment by: Len Ewald ( )
Left at: 11:09 PM Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Love your paintings Maureen! Have kayaked next to Big Rock in Landon Bay several times over the years......know exactly where it is. Would like to visit your studio in Kingston some summer.
Dorothea Mawhinney
Comment by: Dorothea Mawhinney
Left at: 7:51 AM Saturday, December 17, 2016
Dear Maureen and Joe: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! It's so long since I was in touch with you, that I went to look for your postal address, and all I found was the one for 66 Main Street in Kingston. I think you live in a house of your own now, because I have been there long ago. I believe your new mailing address has the title "Mews" in it. I would like to send you a greeting card for the holiday season, so could you please get back to me? In the meantime, I now send you Season's Greetings, and I look forward to hearing from you very soon. All the best to both you and Joe, and to all of the family. Love and prayers, Dorothea
Susie Smith
Comment by: Susie Smith
Left at: 2:09 PM Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Dorothea, please contact me through info@thousandislandslife.com and I can give your email to Maureen Sheridan..

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