A retired teacher’s fascination with birds of prey, and owls in particular, has led to her first public art exhibition in her home town of Doncaster.
Her drawings, on display at the Mac Gallery in the town centre for the rest of this month, are distinctive because they are black and white - but have a special ‘signature’ which viewers are encouraged to ‘spot’. Every one of her sketches features a little red ladybird, often on a branch where the owl has found a perch while patiently waiting for its next meal to come into view.
Maureen, aged 67, who spent a 38-year career teaching at Saltersgate Junior School in Scawsby, helped her pupils with their artwork and once received special praise from Ofsted inspectors for her art teaching.
“I used to have some stuffed owls which I would take into school so the children could draw birds they wouldn’t usually see.
“I think they’re fantastic birds, especially their faces and the way their eyes follow you around.”
Maureen, who found more time to draw after her retirement seven years ago, is displaying 15 pieces of her artwork at the South Parade gallery until Saturday, August 31.
The Mac Gallery is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 4pm, and Saturday 10am to 1pm.