Featured Artist Maggie Wright

Artist Maggie Wright creates portraiture and figurative work in charcoal, pencil and pastel. Enjoy her portfolio and visit her website to see more of her compelling art.


"Des" Charcoal and Pencil on Paper, 14" x 18"

“Des” Charcoal and Pencil on Paper, 14″ x 18″


I have been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember. I love drawing as a medium and believe it is as viable a medium as painting.


"Donie" Pastel and Pencil on Paper, 16" x 16"

“Donie” Pastel and Pencil on Paper, 16″ x 16″


I take pleasure in painting and drawing different subject matter. I have family in the west of Ireland and when visiting I like to draw and paint the unspoiled countryside. It is pleasurable to do this, however it is drawing figures and faces that intrigues me most!


"Suzanne" A muted Pastel and Pencil on Paper portrait of a woman by Maggie Wright

“Suzanne” Pastel and Pencil on Paper, 26″ x 34″


I never make plans or know how a piece of work will turn out. It becomes a power of its own and dictates its own form.


"Kev" Pastel and Pencil on Paper portrait of an older man with glasses by Maggie Wright

“Kev” Pastel and Pencil on Paper, 36″ x 56″


I like to create a narrative, a sense of intrigue and engagement between the figures in the scenario. My work is instinctive, it flows along whilst I try to forget what I know.


"Miss Havesham's Bouquet" Pastel and Pencil drawing of wilted roses and an obscure reflection of background figures by Maggie Wright

“Miss Havesham’s Bouquet” Pastel and Pencil on Paper, 21″ x 18″


When I am finished and I look back, I see its own narrative, often with a little surprise.


"Tequise Market" Pastel and Pencil on Paper scene of a bazaar by Maggie Wright

“Tequise Market” Pastel and Pencil on Paper, 33″ x 23″


Working as an artist is very solitary—you really need to try and maintain a balance between being working alone and working alongside others. I have been with the Royal Hibernian Academy life drawing sessions since 2010. Working and mixing with other artists is vital in terms of the work, as it is constantly raising the standard, pushing the work and developing as an artist. It allows for feedback on my own work and provides a forum to view others’ work.


"Acrobat" Pencil on Paper portrait of a youth by Maggie Wright

“Acrobat” Pencil on Paper, 14″ x 14″


These self-directed sessions involve working with the life model. I love to examine and look behind the face to find the spirit within.


Artist Maggie Wright at work on a drawing

Artist Maggie Wright


I believe the work speaks for itself in a way. It is ever-changing depending on who is looking. To have a stagnant piece would be like a door closed at the end of a tunnel—the journey incomplete, little discovery made. Each piece is worked on and then abandoned until the journey starts again.


Artist Maggie Wrightat work in her studio on a large drawing of people at a table

Artist Maggie Wright at work in her studio


Maybe, however, the journey begins again with a little more knowledge. In this way each piece is a journey of discovery open to every interpretation.


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  1. Dear Maggie,
    your artwork is beautiful and full of presence.
    Thank you for sharing ,

    with Kind Regards

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