Maggie O’Shaughnessy is best known for her use of color, detail and texture both in her encaustic work and in her acrylic paintings. Having painted regularly since childhood,she prefers the freedom of expressionist and experimental painting. She found true happiness by avoiding the strict rules of traditional art.Maggie’s work has been described as “expressive impressionism”, evoking buried emotions in the viewer. Prior to moving to Galiano Island in 2016, she studied in Arizona and New Mexico focusing on variations in the challenging encaustic medium (beeswax and solvent mixed with oil paint). Growing up beside the wild Atlantic, Maggie has always been drawn to watching oceans and the sea is a common theme in her work.Born under a wandering star, she has been a world traveller since leaving her small village in Newfoundland.She is a member of the International Association of Encaustic Artists; the Canadian Federation of Artists, and the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council.