Maggie Cowling

  Painting has always been an essential part of Maggie's life. As the daughter of a professional artist, she grew up regarding painting as a natural medium of expression.

 She has shown her paintings and drawings in numerous solo, joint and group exhibitions. For several years, she exhibited at Docklands Ocean Education Centre on North Wharf, Docklands, Melbourne, and organised group exhibitions around the theme of the restoration of the historic Alma Doepel schooner (

 Maggie’s academic background is mainly classical studies, language, and history of art at University of Melbourne. She has also studied visual arts (painting and ceramics) at Ballarat University College. She has painted extensively in Italy and conducted art tours in Italy and the Northern Territory. From time to time Maggie tutors in painting and drawing. She has also illustrated children’s books.

Through painting she seeks beauty – and sometimes poignancy - in the real world. Painting is her personal escape, but it is doubly satisfying when it brings pleasure to the viewer.

one of Maggie's works for exhibition:

Artist's Statement

While I appreciate a broad range of styles and media, my preference in practice has been traditional and figurative. 

My primary medium is watercolour, delighting me with its challenges, and its ability to capture light and mood. I also enjoy its immediacy when I paint on site; I rarely paint from photographs, relying instead on the fleeting urgency of the moment to speak for itself. 


© Abbott Cowling Cowling Fyfe 2019