Maeve McCarthy, 21 years old, was raised in Colorado and comes from a family of artists. Maeve began drawing and practicing pastels at fourteen years old. She was mentored by a fellow Pikes Peak Pastel Society member, Linda Curell. She has always been extremely interested in portraiture, beginning with smaller commissioned portraits and graduating to wall-sized chalk pastel portrait murals today. At a younger age she won several district-wide and state-wide art shows, landing Best in Show in the Imagination Celebration Show, her piece “Red” touring galleries around Colorado.
Maeve strives to depict self-worth, strength and personal growth in her portrait work. Portraits have the ability to create shatterproof connections across cultures using universally relatable human emotions, forming a shatterproof connection through art. By drawing close-up detailed portraits of women’s faces, she hopes to not only capture the realistic details of their face but also their most impassioned essence; their pain and hardships bound with their inner radiance and magic. She is drawn to strong and courageous souls and wants to remind the viewers of her work of their self worth and internal beauty, hoping to inspire women to be strong despite past struggles.
Maeve time-lapses her portrait drawing process - these artistic films can be viewed at her website, maeverosemccarthy.com
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