LOCAL ART MAVEN MAGGIE PUZEY

EVER BEEN TO AN EVENT AT THE SHOP AND WONDERED WHO THE HILARIOUS BARTENDER iS? THAT'S OUR GIRL MAGGIE PUZEY, MANNING "MAGGIE'S BAR". WELL, MAYBE SHE'S NOT REALLY THE BARTENDER, BUT YOU'D NEVER KNOW THAT. 

SHE'S FUN AS ALL GET OUT, A GREAT MAMA AND WIFE TO THE CUTEST FAMILY AND AN INCREDIBLY TALENTED PAINTER! WE SAT DOWN WITH HER TO TALK INSPIRATION, APPROACH AND WHERE SHE FINDS THE TIME. 

WHEN, HOW AND WHY DID YOU START PAINTING?

I’VE BEEN DRAWING AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER. MY DAD WAS A COLLECTOR OF CLASSIC CARS, SO ONE OF HIS GTOS WAS OF COARSE ONE OF MY FIRST DRAWINGS. COLLEGE WAS THE FIRST TIME I EXPLORED COLOR, WITH PASTELS AND INK. AFTER THAT, I WAS REALLY INTO COLOR PENCILS. 

WHAT'S YOUR INSPIRATION?

JASON, MY HUSBAND, THEN SUGGESTED I TRY WATERCOLOR, FOR HIS OWN BENEFIT OF COURSE. HE WANTED SOMETHING FOR THE WALLS IN OUR NEW PLACE. I FELL IN LOVE WITH PAINT IN THAT MOMENT. AT THAT TIME IN MY LIFE MY INSPIRATION WAS MY DAUGHTER THAT I HAD JUST GIVEN BIRTH TO. I DID A LOT OF ANIMALS AND NURSERY PIECES. 

SINCE THEN, I’VE MOVED ON TO MORE ABSTRACT PIECES. I HAVE SUFFERED FROM GENERAL ANXIETY DISORDER MY WHOLE LIFE. I RECENTLY FOUND THAT GETTING MY EMOTIONS OUT WITH THE BRUSH REALLY HELPS. IT’S THERAPY FOR ME AT TIMES. I REALLY FEEL CONFIDENT THAT THIS IS WHAT I AM SUPPOSED TO BE DOING. I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER THAN I AM RIGHT NOW. 

WHAT'S YOUR APPROACH WHEN STARTING A PIECE? 

WHEN I BEGIN A NEW PIECE, I SIMPLY COVER THE CANVAS OR PAPER BOARD IN COLOR BLOCKS BLENDED TOGETHER. I THEN USE PAPER TOWELS TO BLOT LIGHTER COLORS ON TO LIGHTEN IT AND BLEND IT MORE. AFTER THAT I JUST GO! THERE’S A DELICATE BALANCE OF COLOR, TEXTURE, AND STROKES WITHIN ALL THE CHAOS AND BEAUTY. IT FEELS LIKE MY LIFE, WHICH IS MY INSPIRATION. 

MAKING SURE ALL THE BITS AND PIECES WORK TOGETHER. TAKING THE UNBALANCED AND MAKING IT COHESIVE. TO MAKE OPPOSITES, UNIFIED. MANAGING ALL THINGS RANDOM, AND PLACING THEM JUST WHERE THEY NEED TO BE. THE PERFECT LIFE, ALL THE MADNESS TURNED TO BEAUTY. 

AS A WIFE AND MOM OF 2 ADORABLE KIDDOS, WHEN DO YOU FIND TIME TO PAINT?

BEING A WIFE AND MOM LEAVES RANDOM OPPORTUNITY TO BE FREE TO CREATE. I GENERALLY WAKE UP AND PAINT A LITTLE HERE AND THERE. LIKE I SAID, BALANCE PLAYS A HUGE PART IN MY WORK, AND LIFE. IF I SEE A SLIGHT UNBALANCE IN THE PIECE I’M CREATING, I HAVE TO HANDLE IT RIGHT THEN AND THERE, EVEN WITH TWO LITTLE BABES HANGING ON MY LEGS. MY ANXIETY PLAYS A BIG ROLE IN MY NEED TO DO THAT. I DON’T KNOW HOW, BUT IT WORKS AND RELIEVES ANXIOUS FEELINGS THAT LINGER DAILY. I DO THIS THROUGHOUT THE DAY, AND I END THE NIGHT WITH A PAINT SESSION OR JUST A STROKE OR TWO BEFORE BED. 

FAVORITE SAILORS SIREN PRODUCT BESIDES YOUR OWN?

I’M HONORED THAT SAILORS SIREN HAS SO MUCH SUPPORT AND LOVE FOR MY WORK. IT MEANS SO MUCH TO ME. THAT BEING SAID, I’M OBSESSED WITH THEIR SHOP!!! IF YOU GO IN, YOU MUST LEAVE WITH SOMETHING, ANYTHING! MY FAVORITE PIECES IN THERE RIGHT NOW HAVE TO BE THE CLOUDWARE MUGS. THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY INSANELY BEAUTIFUL. GO AND GET SOME!!!

SEE MORE OF MAGGIE'S LIFE AND ART ON HER INSTAGRAM PAGE AND COME GET ONE OF HER AMAZING ORIGINAL PAINTINGS OR PRINTS AT THE SHOP TODAY!

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