MAGGIE WILLIAMS lives in Udny, north east Scotland. She has had a long interest in the arts and resumed her interest in painting after her children had left home. She was able to take advantage of a four-year drawing and painting course and take part in various workshops in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Leith Schools of Art. She is a regular exhibitor in mixed exhibitions at Tolquhon Gallery and her first one woman exhibition at the gallery was in April 2003. April 2006 saw a second exhibition by Maggie at Tolquhon.Living in the north east of Scotland you are never far from the sight, the smell and the sound of the sea. Spending a lot of time in Crovie on the Banffshire coast gives me the opportunity to be right by the North Sea and I am particularly drawn there during times of heavy seas and gale force northerly winds. Even from Udny where I live, right at the top of the house, there is a short time - some two or three days at the beginning of February - when I can see the sun rising from the sea.
I return often to Sutherland, and to the north east coast of Spain for inspiration. I have also been introduced to new exciting territory through involvement in the Demarco Skateraw Project, painting on that incredible beach with its high breaking waves over primeval stone strata with its views to the Bass Rock and the Stevenson Lighthouse and with the eerie Torness nuclear power station behind!So it is always the “road to the sea” I take – usually from Udny, through its cathedral-like ancient beech avenues. I find myself drawn again and again to these subjects.