GUEST ARTIST: “Immortalizing Fantasies And Imagination With Sensitivity” by Maureen Fletcher

Wheat Field Sunset Watercolor Painting by Maureen Fletcher

When I was growing up, I was very fascinated with the things around me and I would spend hours just observing quietly, be it watching the older ladies in my family in the kitchen or observing how a dad long legs spider spins its web around its prey. What that allowed me to enjoy the most was spending a lot of time with myself in my own thoughts and imagination.

My name is Maureen Fletcher and I am an introvert freelance mixed media illustrator with a highly sensitive personality (HSP) trait. Growing up, spending time alone quietly with the things that I love proved to be an ideal life setting for me. However, the working world wasn’t all too kind and I found myself often being misunderstood with the way I saw and did things. I spent around 2 decades in the corporate world before being laid off mid of 2019 due to organizational restructuring. It was then that I decided to change my career to something that was more reflective of my personality and temperament.

Birds in the Sky Watercolor Painting by Maureen Fletcher​I had to start from the bottom having given up on art for almost 3 decades and learned as much as I could to train my hand, eyes and mind to draw and paint again. The first 6 months were filled with experiments and mustering the courage to share my work on social media platforms. I was fortunate to have met some lovely artists who helped me along the way and that gave me the footing that I needed to build my confidence.​

I did my first Inktober in 2019 and over that period I saw my social media connection list grow. I liked that it gave me the encouragement to share my art even more but mostly, it also gave me a platform to express myself and my thoughts freely in a manner that made me feel understood and heard. Something that I had not experienced before in my corporate working life.

The stories that I told with each illustration, were mostly my personal life experiences and how I saw life. They resonated with my audiences and I feel a sense of inner satisfaction knowing that my words have provided some sort of comfort to the other person. Things like this are only felt deeply and it surpasses any material or monetary satisfaction.

This is when I knew that I had something very valuable to share with my audiences. It was like a spiritual calling in some ways.

As my art skills grew, I also grew as a person. I feel that we are constantly evolving and learning. We are not quite there yet in our journey, but rather, we are constantly on the move to better ourselves through experiences and life phases.

Yellow Skies Landscape Watercolor Painting

I do not have any specific methods as to how I approach my art but rather, I let my feelings and intuition dictate how and what my piece will be like. Growing up in a diversified culture and of mixed-parentage, I am able to find ideas and inspirations from them. My primary medium is watercolour but over time, I have incorporated ink and gouache in my artwork.

Wayang Golek Watercolor Painting by Maureen Fletcher

I do not have a specific brand of tools but the ones that I usually use are watercolour paints by Winsor & Newton, Holbein and Daniel Smith. My brushes are a mix of Silver Black Velvet and Princeton. By far, I prefer Arches watercolour paper the best albeit it being on the higher side of my budget. But you can’t really compromise on the quality of the paper as that is one of the crucial components that will make or break your piece.

Looking back since I started my career, it has been a roller coaster ride of days when I just feel like giving up and days when I feel I’ve just won a Pulitzer Prize. In a nutshell, it is nothing short of a sense of inner satisfaction, knowing that the work that I do, the things that I produce, mean something and are of value.

Since the start of this year alone, I’ve won a couple of awards for my illustrations and was featured in a couple of online art exhibitions. One of my portrait illustrations won an e-book cover competition for an Astrology YouTube channel in March. Another milestone is the opportunity of being shortlisted as a recipient of CreativePool’s Annual, The “MOST” Creative Industry Award under the Illustration category.

Teal Forrest Night Sky Watercolor Painting by Maureen Fletcher

When you do the things that you love and love the things that you do, it will show and people will see and feel it. Quoting Paulo Coelho from The Alchemist, “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure and when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Thank you for taking the time to read my story and I hope that it can be of some inspiration to you no matter where you are in your life journey.

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13 Comments
  1. Mugdha 2 weeks ago

    Hello Ms. Fletcher,

    Your art journey is truly inspiring. And if you went back to painting after 30 years and within a year got to where you are, it is nothing short of an exceptional achievement. I love the way you paint clouds. Thanks so much for sharing your journey.

    Love,
    Mugdha

    • Maureen 2 weeks ago

      Hello Mughda, Thank you so much for your kind words of inspiration and for taking the time to read my story. I wish you a wonderful journey in your creative pursuit no matter where you are now. Nourish your dreams with the same amount of love that you nourish yourself and watch your dreams come to life 😊🙏

  2. Karen Fortier 2 weeks ago

    Thank you Maureen for sharing your story and your beautiful art.

    • Maureen 2 weeks ago

      Hello Karen, thank you for taking the time to read my story and I wish you a pleasant week ahead! 😊🙏

  3. Mary Roff 2 weeks ago

    Beautiful paintings and such an inspiriting story. Thank you for sharing!!

    • Maureen Fletcher 2 weeks ago

      Hello Mary, Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to read my story. Wishing you a pleasant week ahead! 😊🙏

  4. Sandra Strait 2 weeks ago

    I can see so much of your personality in your artwork – it’s full of whimsy and sensitivity to the things around us. Thank you for sharing your artistic journey with us.

    • Maureen Fletcher 2 weeks ago

      Thank you so much, Sandra for your kind words, for spending some time reading my story and for seeing this part of me in my work 😊🙏 It truly feels wonderful to be seen for who we really are and with my art, I am able to do just such, free from any judgement and worry 😊

  5. Ratna 2 weeks ago

    What an inspiring story of your journey.Loved your Art .Most important is you do what you love and love what you do.As you have said it is the key to finding joy in your Art .Thank you

    • Maureen 2 weeks ago

      Hello Ratna, thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to read my story. Yes, you are so right about doing the things that we love. It is through doing the things that we love that we are able to share our love with others as well, thus increasing the vibration of the Universe. The cycle of dharma and karma continues as it is 😊🙏

  6. Kellie 2 weeks ago

    Wow what beautiful art! Thank you for sharing this and your story ❤️👌

    • Maureen 2 weeks ago

      Thank you so much, Kellie for spending time to read my story. Wishing you a pleasant weekend 😊🙏

  7. Maureen 2 weeks ago

    Thank you so much, Kellie for spending time to read my story. Wishing you a pleasant weekend 😊🙏

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