Maggie Read

About The Artist

Surrey artist, Maggie Read was trained at the University of the Creative Arts, formerly Epsom College of Art and Design, where she studied Graphic Design and Illustration. She worked as a freelance illustrator for several years before having a family and re-launching her career as a Tutor and Demonstrator. Nineteen years ago she opened Pirbright Art Club and has since organised and run regular exhibitions, outdoor painting days, workshops, art holidays and private classes. Maggie continues to paint and exhibit alongside her busy teaching schedule.

Maggie self-portraitExperienced in teaching most media, Maggie's strengths are in drawing; watercolours; pastels and pen & wash. More recently Maggie has been working in water-mixable oils. She is skilled in showing students how to achieve interesting composition and prepare sketches for paintings. Demonstrations and workshops are clear, and colour-mixing is kept simple.

Maggie demonstrates to art groups and societies as well as her regular classes. Figures and portraits, landscapes, seascapes and still-life are among the many subjects which she demonstrates. For a full set of subjects and media offered, please look under  Demonstrations


Saturday 1st September - Maggie will be taking part in an outdoor art event - Art in the Park - at Quex Park, Birchington, Kent, along with a group of plein-air painters. For more details, visit the website

New Haw Lock - Early Stages New Haw Lock - Nearing Completion Friday August 3rd - Painting at New Haw Lock - Maggie took a small group of artists from her Friday Class and Pirbright Art Club to this picturesque spot for a day of plein-air painting (and lunch at the pub!) - "We have been studying reflections during the Summer term, and this was the perfect way to put into practice what was learned in class."

Two more outdoor Painting Days are planned for this month - at Brookwood Cemetery and Pyrford Lock.

Railings Exhibition 2018 Saturday July 28th - Pirbright Art Club's annual outdoor "Railings" exhibition - a stunning display of members' work was on show outside Lord Pirbright's Hall, this year, attracting many visitors. Maggie was pleased with the effort made by so many members and wishes to thank all who took part and helped with the set-up. Also that day ......

Maggie was accepted as a full exhibiting member of Guildford Art Society and is hoping to show some of her work at the Autumn Exhibition at Guildford House Gallery which this year will be held between Friday 12th October and Saturday 3rd November.

Earlier in July, Maggie was one of around 50 artists who took part in a national "plein-air" art event at Inverary, on Loch Fyne. Although the opportunity was not one to be missed and was enjoyed by all - Maggie says : "After a week of glorious weather, the day we painted was wet and misty - there was almost an entire white-out over the Loch and continuous rain made painting a real challenge!" Fortunately, she had been in the area for a few days already and had made sketches and taken photos of the beautiful scenery :     "I decided to paint what I had seen of the reflections in the Loch and the wonderful colours of the mountains, which I had been seeing for the previous couple of days!" Inverary Loch Fyne