MAGGIE JONES BOUDREAUX
As an artist, it is my goal to question and explore the world that surrounds me. My work is inspired by the natural and simplistic images we see every day. My intentions are to create a sense of balance through the use of images, colors and shapes. My current series, “Compositions From Above” is a reflection on the sense of community I feel in my life. I am inspired by the arrangement of shapes and their dependency on one another, likewise by the clusters, and arrangements of souls in this big beautiful world. Each of us supporting the next... I create because I need to in order to achieve fulfillment in my life. Through the years, I have found painting and drawing to be the most natural way for me to communicate with the outside world and myself.
My formal training is as a artist and as an educator with a BFA degree in painting and drawing with an emphasis in printmaking. As well, I hold an MED in art education. I would describe my self as a forever young, approaching mid career, emerging artist. As my career as an artist has grown, I have found the need to go from teaching full to part time. I work hard to maintain the balance between the two. I am blessed to say, I need to paint full time. The work is there. Yet, I have not been able to completely close the door on education, on my students. Although painting is my passion, teaching is my purpose. This life dichotomy continues as I fill my days creating in my studio, teaching part time for the State of Louisiana’s Talented Visual Arts Program at Ruston High School and attempting to be present for those I love the most as a mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend.
I work closely with designers, gallery owners and collectors to create custom works of art to add finishing touches to their spaces. My work has been included in major design projects throughout the states of Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, Colorado and California.
I continue to thrive on experimentation and ask myself, "What if…?"