Maree Hughes is a full time artist based at WASPS Courtyard Studios in Irvine North Ayrshire where she also runs art workshops in the nearby Harbour Arts Centre. Maree graduated from the Glasgow school of art in the late 80’s with a 1st class BA Hons degree and Highly Commended Post graduate Diploma in drawing & painting. During her education she won several awards including the 3rd year painting prize and in her final year the Carghill scholarship to study at the Chicago Institute of fine art, USA.
“My work is figurative, I work with a variety of mediums, subject matter and art forms with a preference for oils. Drawing is at the core of everything I do. Paintings can be both figurative and landscape little snapshots of life. Inspiration comes simply by something I see on the bus that morning, a song I like, being a mum or simple things like the joy of making a rag doll. At present I am obsessed with drawing and painting the view of Irvine Harbour from my studio window and this has provided a backdrop for recent oil paintings such as “Harbour View, “Sea Maid ” and “Sea Hag”.