Maryanne Hawes

“I always marvelled that the landscape within my mind is so vibrant, abstract and changeable. I’m captivated by the influence of what we can’t see- how the unseen energies of people, spaces and places affect how we perceive the world, and how this energy relates to a complex and changing emotional topography.

My art serves as a way of mapping and navigating these ‘interior landscapes.’

As I explore this psychological territory through colour, shape and line I find enigmatic, half-imagined forms, echoes of a dream or a childhood memory; abstract images moulded by thoughts, values, beliefs and experiences, as well as often reflecting the topography of the seen environment.

My process is mostly intuitive and meditative, an unfolding of thought in shape and colour. I seek a conscious relationship with my own Self through painting and a resolution of a piece often feels like a homecoming- yet to a place I’ve never been before.”

An outgoing introvert, a seeker of quiet spaces in a busy world and a self-taught painter, Maryanne is an ambassador for positivity, compassion and empathy in the art world and beyond. With successful careers in Garden Design and Portrait Photography behind her, she now paints full time and lives and works between the Wye Valley and her family’s homeland, Cornwall.