Maree Angus is a realist artist in the traditional sense, living and working in Central Queensland, Australia. With her prize-winning portraits, figure studies, landscapes and still life, Maree is able to share the beauty that she witnesses in our world. While also working in oils, watercolours, acrylics, printmaking, pencil and charcoal, her most favoured medium is pastel. She constantly enjoys the challenge of portraying the essence of a person in a portrait or figure painting, and the medium of pastel lends itself beautifully to recreate the luminosity of skin. Her love of pastel has led to her being elected as a Master Pastellist with the Pastel Society of Australia.
Growing up on cattle properties in the Mackay hinterland has given Maree a love of the landscape and the animals that live in it. She believes that growing up within this environment, gives you an appreciation of the bush that only another country person can understand. This in turn gives you an innate ability in achieving a good likeness and the real character of the person or the animal or the landscape.
Maree strongly believes in lifelong learning and is continually working at improving her skills, with recent and continuing study at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, as well as sharing her knowledge with others. She is grateful that she was encouraged by her parents when young to pursue her art and appreciated the times her father would take out of his busy schedule to take her painting on their property. Winning prizes at the local show and support from her family has encouraged Maree greatly with her art. While she does work from her studio, Maree also works a lot from life, painting the live model and also painting landscapes en plein air. She would encourage all those serious about their art to do the same.
Portraits are something that have always interested Maree, and she feels that she will always enjoy the challenge of creating a good portrait. Learning about the anatomy is very important, but you also have to observe …….. soak in that particular person’s character …………. and then try to portray it on a two-dimensional surface. Hers is a sensitive style, one that is needed for portraiture. The success of a good portrait can be so rewarding to her, but the joy that it brings to the people that may have commissioned her to paint their loved ones is truly special. She is sure many other artists can relate to this as well. She also includes portraits of dogs, horses and cattle and other animals in this passion.
The beauty to be found in our world, from the mundane to the amazing, is what inspires Maree to share what she feels with the people who view her paintings. She hopes that you will enjoy her work presented here on this website.