Boulder Hill, 2013–15
On the Danube, 2015
Three in a Field, 2015
b. 1948 Carmel, New York
Maureen Chatfield is a contemporary painter whose body of work is a unique blend of New York Abstract Expressionism and Bay Area Figurative painting. Her paintings are never premeditated; instead, she allows the color harmonies, receding and overlapping lines, and a delicate balance of amorphous shapes to emerge while she paints. Chatfield writes: "My paintings are intuitive responses to the myriad forces that shape my life—emotions that translate into color, visual memories of forms, color relationships found in the landscape... The work process is one of constant experiment and change—building layers of color, form, and image on the canvas revealing the underlying pentimento." Chatfield typically works in watercolor and oil, but has recently started working in acrylic, which allows her to work at “lightning speed.”
Chatfield has studied at several institutions including the Art Students League, New York; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Fashion Institute of Technology, New York; and Hunter College, New York. She teaches painting at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey and lives and works in rural New Jersey.