US-born Maureen Whitaker is an award-winning artist/graphic designer based on the Mornington Peninsula. She graduated with Highest Honours from Platt College of Art & Design in Colorado and was a freelance graphic designer for over 15 years before adding a paintbrush to her toolbox.
Best known for her quirky mixed-media collage pieces, her work combines interesting layers of textures with vibrant colours in an array of mediums. “My style can best be described as ‘eclectic’. I love to experiment with textiles, papers, organic objects and recycled bits and pieces, and find interesting ways to incorporate and manipulate them in an array of mediums and subject matter to create complex, textured pieces. I enjoy pushing the creative envelope and finding original and unusual ways to translate the images in my head onto the canvas, giving them an ‘element of surprise’ that draws people in. I take much of my inspiration from the fabric of Australian life, from the natural land and beachscapes to industrial, urban cityscapes. People are often surprised by what’s there in my pieces when they look closely.”
Bay City Holden “Award of Excellence in Art”, 2015 Derinya Art & Craft Exhibition for “Tangled Up in Blue” (Acrylic/Mixed Media on Canvas)
“President’s Packer’s Award”, 2015 Flinders Art Show for “Love in a Time of War” (Acrylic/Mixed Media on Board)
Finalist, 2015 “She” Competition & Exhibition, Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong for “Love in a Time of War” (Acrylic/Mixed Media on Board)
“Best 2D Artwork”, 2015 33-1/3 “Colours of Our Grief” Art Exhibition âfor “Love in a Time of War” (Acrylic/Mixed Media on Board)
â“Best Contemporary”, 2014 Bayside Art Exhibition, Sandringham for “Memories of Melbourne” (Acrylic/Mixed Media on Canvas)
“Best Mixed”, 2011 Derinya Art & Craft Exhibition âfor “Deep Blue” (Acrylic/Mixed Media on Canvas Board)
“Best in Show”, 2009 Somerville Council Skatebord Design Exhibition, âfor “Frangipanis on Safari” (Acrylic on Skatedeck Board)
Most recently, Maureen co-founded The Creative Space (www.thecreativespace.net.au), an artist co-op in Seaford offering tutored art classes, workshops and social painting days. Maureen teaches “Everything is Art” a mixed-media school holiday program for children aged 8-12, and “Art Master Class”, an after-school art program for students of Derinya Primary School.
Maureen is a regular exhibitor at art shows and galleries in the Melbourne metro area and on the Mornington Peninsula. Her works are held in private collections in the USA, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Japan and Australia.