I am very excited to launch my ‘Jax Local Favorites’ monthly spotlight! This month it is my honor to feature the very talented artist, Maggie Puzey! Maggie is a local artist, wife, and mom of two! Her laugh is contagious and her energy magnetic. In the interview, Maggie opens up about what inspired her to start her business, how the brush is an emotional outlet, the vision she has for her art, and how she is so full of gratitude to be doing what she loves. Read on for the full feature below …
Tell me about the fabulous lady boss behind Maggie Puzey Art… Who is Maggie?!
I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember. My dad was a collector of classic cars, so one of his GTOs was of course one of my first drawings. College was the first time I explored color, with pastels and ink. After that, I was really into colored pencils. I have suffered from General Anxiety Disorder my whole life. I recently found that getting my emotions out with the brush really helps. It’s a therapy for me at times. I really feel confident that this is what I am supposed to be doing. I couldn’t be happier than I am right now.
What inspired you to start your business?
Jason, my husband, then suggested I try watercolor, for his own benefit of course. He wanted something for the walls in our new place. I fell in love with paint at that moment. At that point, my inspiration was my daughter, that I had just given birth to. I did a lot of animals and nursery pieces. Since then, I’ve moved on to more abstract pieces.
How would you describe your product?
When I begin a new piece, I simply cover the canvas or paper board in color blocks blended together. I then use paper towels to blot lighter colors on to lighten it and blend it more. After that I just go with my brush! There’s a delicate balance of color, texture, and strokes within all the madness and beauty. It feels like my life when I talk about it, haha. Then I coat it with a glossy acrylic to keep lifelong beauty.
What is your vision for your art?
Simply to make people feel. Bring out an unexpected emotion when they view my pieces. Often when I study a painting, I have an overwhelming rush of every emotion, all over. I can’t ever pinpoint what causes it, but I know I’m looking at magic. I want others to feel that when they study my work.
To what do you attribute your success?
I wouldn’t say I am a success. I am just grateful to be doing what I love.
Where can consumers buy your products?
Currently, I have prints available at Sailors Siren in Neptune Beach’s Town Center. I also have a few pieces at Burrito Gallery in Jax Beach and soon to be in Penelope T Boutique in Jax Beach. I am always available through my Instagram page, Maggiepuzeyart and my Facebook page, Maggie Puzey Art.
What is your favorite piece you have created?
My favorite piece so far would have to be, Follow The Madness. It exudes a fire of strength and craziness, yet it displays an unexplainable balance in stroke, texture, and color. I was so proud to have that be my first big sale.
Do you have any upcoming events?
I have solo show the month of June, so I have been preparing for that. It will be in Ormond Beach at Frame Of Mind Gallery. I also am doing consistent Pop Up Shops at Pottery Barn Kids with my watercolor paintings.
What is your favorite quote?
“What if I fall? But darling, what if you fly?”
When outside of the art studio, what is Maggie up to?
Basically what every other mom is doing! School, playground, ice-cream, beach etc.
What are some of your Jax Local Favs?!
My favorites to shop in Jax are Ashle Gryre, Penelope T Boutique, and Sailors Siren. My favorite eats are Burrito Gallery, North Beach Fish Camp, and Royal Palms Wine & Tapas.
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For more from Maggie and how she makes being a wife, momma and artist work … follow her on Instagram + Facebook!