Maureen Hyde

Title: Thicker Than Blood (Still Life with Hat, Cards and Pipe)

Artist: Maureen Hyde

Medium: Oil on Linen

Dimensions: 19.7" x 27.5"

After receiving a MFA from the University of California at Los Angeles, I taught myself how to illustrate books.  I worked with children's picture books, covers for historical and young adult novels, and some classics.  My illustrations were inspired by older books, done in the classical vein, and so it was not such a long distance to make a decision to make a transition into fine art, based on a traditional approach. I then went to Florence to study with Daniel Graves in the middle nineties. I started to teach at the Florence Academy of Art in 1998, and have been teaching there ever since. Presently, I have a studio within the Florence Academy of Art, where I am an "artist in residency."

Because of my illustrative background, I am quite versatile, and beyond doing my own work, following my own vision, I also do commission work.  With my own work, I often integrate a more narrative angle to whatever I am painting.  I prefer the figurative narrative, but also work with portraits, still lives, and landscapes.