So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Margaret Marya Mayer (Maggie) has a dual career and a professional artist and a full-time Marketing Specialist at Madison County Library System in Mississippi. She has a degree in Environmental Design from University of Colorado.
Growing up, she was always an artistic person, who recognized the beauty in everyday life. Since childhood, she has experienced life in places all over the world from the Colorado Rockies to Europe and the Middle East. She paints a variety of subjects and is best known for her pet portraits and plein air paintings.
Maggie grew up in Mississippi where her parents owned 100 acres off of the Natchez Trace Parkway. She can remember horseback riding with her father and helping her mother in the garden. When she was very young, she preferred coloring, drawing and painting to most any other activity. She was never an outgoing child and said her art was a way to dream and express herself. As she grew older she realized that this talent was a gift from God and very much intertwined with her faith. She says painting is a like letting go of self-reliance and surrendering to God. She describes it as taking a journey, losing track of time and getting out of the way so God can have His way. Her life on the farm, love of gardening and travels abroad has a big influence in her work.
Recently Maggie’s father passed. She considered her father her hero and they had a special relationship. She says his passing has caused her to look at life from a different perspective. It’s made her place value on the important things in life like family and using her God-given talent. “My work looks at the simplicities of everyday life, time, nature and our relationships. I believe our human souls are hungry for stillness, rest and contemplation. There is a visual language that speaks to every human heart. My hope with my work is to paint from my heart and bring joy to the viewer.”
Selected Shows - Past & Present, Art Organizations and Events
2019 Mississippi en Plein Air: A Gathering of Artists Plein Air Paint Out - Laurel, MS 2010-2017 LONA Gallery Representation - Georgia 2013 Member of The Atlanta Fine Arts League, Inc. 2013 AFAL Exhibition Quinlan Visual Arts Center 2013 Gallery Coordinator & Member of Atlanta Artists Center 2011 Trinity Spotlight on Art annual art show, Atlanta, GA 2009 Buford Plein Air Festival, Buford, GA - 2nd place - Behind Main 2009 Charisma Gallery Representation - Georgia 2008 "Local Color" - Studio 141 group show, Johns Creek Arts Center 2007 Art Station Stone Mountain, GA - Best of Show - Blue Girl 2007 Avondale in Bloom, plein air artist, Avondale Estates, GA