Accomplished author, inspired poet, imaginative book illustrator and an award-winning artist.
Drawn to a creative life at an early age, Maureen has been enjoying and producing art in many forms throughout her life. In her youth, a job at a photography studio and training in photo colouring at RMIT University gave her a strong foundation as a photographer and artist. She used her skills and experience to work for herself as a family and children’s photographer taking, developing and finishing her own photographs.
Maureen has accepted private commissions. She loves experimenting with new ideas, enjoys painting urban and rural landscapes, animals, flowers and large abstracts in a wide range of media. These include oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel, charcoal, pen and pencil.
As an adult, Maureen decided to go back to school. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History and obtained four High Distinctions in painting and printmaking at RMIT University. She studied under professional artists, well respected in their field and famous in Australia and overseas. Artists such as Dale Hickey, Danni Moynihan, Liz cross, all under the headship of Betty Churcher who later became the first female art director of the National Gallery of Victoria.
Over the years Maureen has displayed her Fine Art in one-person shows and in large exhibitions. She has received awards and recognitions for her artwork, including a prestigious opportunity when her work was chosen to be part of the National Australian Tour with the Australian Blake Prize 1989.
Always seeking to expand her artistic talent, she designed the cover and illustrated a humorous book for another author. This departure from her fine art also helped her to develop the skills she needed to illustrate her own books and discover new ways to produce the art she envisions.
In addition to the hand-made art and poetry books she has printed and sold, she is pleased that some of her art has been collected and resides in private collections in Australia, Tasmania, the United States, Singapore and Japan.
Maureen’s work has also impacted her grandchildren both in Australia and The United States of America, and artistic flair shines out amongst them all. When she visits them, she enjoys reading the new stories that they have written, seeing the art they have created and listening to the new songs they perform.
She has made art and taken photographs on her travels throughout Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Fiji, New Caledonia and Tasmania.
Maureen Crawford is the author of “The Way to Alternatives”, her new novel and lives in Victoria, Australia.