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 Maureen Chatfield  (1948 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/New Jersey      Known for: landscape painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Maureen Chatfield
1948 (Carmel, New York)
New York/New Jersey

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landscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following was submitted by the artist in May of 2006:

Born on September 14, 1948 in Carmel, New York.
I spent most of my life growing up on Long Island where my father worked as an engineer for Grumman Aviation.
My passion surfaced early and as a young child, I spent hours drawing birds and copying images from magazines. As the passion continued and I started bringing home ribbons from school and county art fairs my parents arranged for private oil painting lesson when I was 14  with Raymond Fornari, an art director from NYC.

I thought for certain I would be an artist and art teacher but the lack of financial stability would turn my path in many different directions before I would devote full time to my art. My best friend was making a lot of money in the beauty business so I decided to get a license and cut hair and made a very good living doing so.

I started taking classes at  the local community college but then dropped out and moved to Manhattan to study acting. Being an emotional artist at heart, I couldn’t take the personal rejection so I went back to the beauty business and built a very lucrative business on Madison Avenue and 64th Street, painting all the while.

I took classes at Fashion Institute of Design  and designed a line of jewelry that was sold at Bloomingdale's and Henri Bendel’s and designed a complete couturier line of clothing, which Bendel’s bought but I couldn’t deliver at the right price point.  I continued to paint and sell my work privately.

One day my landlord commissioned me to do a painting and delivered a 30” by 40” canvas that stood blank in my apartment for 6 months. I had never painted anything that large and was completely intimidated.  I then went to the Art Students League where I studied painting with Mario Cooper, president of the Watercolor Society.

I then started painting in watercolor and gouache and was offered a show in Paris.  A decade later I would have children and devote the majority of my time to them.  I am now a full time painter and teach two days a week in my studio.

I think all artists see life a bit differently.  I am very emotional and extremely sensitive to the visual impact of whatever surrounds me.  I am restless and am still discovering who I am.  I began painting still lifes and portraits in a very traditional style.  My current  body of work consists of large (30x40 / 40x 60) night scenes of Manhattan and rural landscapes of  Hunterdon County, New Jersey in a modern fauvist style. The one thing about painting that is always consistent is the rush of excitement I get loading my palette before I begin a new painting.

Shows and Awards:

2005    Tewksbury Historical Society Art Show FOURTH PLACE, Landscapes
1995    The Artists Magazine, NATIONAL AWARD
            Clinton Art Museum, Clinton NJ, Members Show, SECOND PLACE/oils
1996    Mountain Art Show, Bernardsville, NJ, SECOND IN SHOW/oils
1995    Mountain Art Show, Bernardsville, NJ,  HONORABLE MENTION/Collage
1991    Lamington Art Show, Bedminster NJ, HONORABLE MENTION /water color
1990    Lamington Art Show, Bedminster NJ, HONORABLE MENTION /water color
1990    Tewksbury Historical Society Art Show, Tewksbury, NJ FIRST PLACE/oils
1990    Flat Rock Brook Group Wildlife Invitational Show/Englewood, NJ not juried
1965    United Nation’s Invitational Spring Art Show, to benefit UNICEF

1976-present Private and corporate collections in New York, Paris and Spain, including: Decca Records NYC and Los Angeles; Sherman and Sterling NYC; Tiffany and Co. NYC; Merck collection; Habsburg collection; Kean Collection NY and NJ; P.L.Kennedy collection, NY; Colby Britton collection, NJ

Biography from Cavalier Galleries Inc.:
Art Students League, NY, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Fashion Institute of Technology, NY, Hunter College, NY, Studied with Jean Buckly, Ron Lent, Robert Saxton, Stuart Shils

2010 Johnson and Johnson World Wide Headquarters, New Brunswick, NJ

2009 Kips Bay Decorator Show House, 22 East 71st. Street, NY, Litchen Craig rooms

2006 One Person Show, Riverside Studio, Pottersville, NJ

2005 Tewksbury Historical Society Art Show Award, Landscapes

1996 Mountain Art Show, Bernardsville, NJ, Award

1995 The Artists Magazine, National Award Clinton Art Museum, Clinton NJ, Members Show,Award Mountain Art Show, Bernardsville, NJ, Award

1990 Lamington Art Show, Bedminster NJ, Award Tewksbury Historical Society Art Show, Tewksbury, NJ Award Flat Rock Brook Group Wildlife Invitational Show/Englewood, NJ not juried

Britton collection, New Jersey

Cox collection, Board Member Whitney Museum, New York, NY

Decca Records New York, NY, and Los Angeles

Habsburg collection, New Jersey

Merck collection, New Jersey

Kean Collection, New York, NY

P.L.Kennedy collection, East Hampton, NY

Sherman and Sterling New York, NY

Tiffany and Co,. New York, NY

1976 United Nation’s Invitational Spring Art

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