Maitland RSW studied and graduated from
Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen, in 1956. Upon graduating, she
was awarded a Post Diploma Travelling Scholarship, which allowed
her to work and travel for a year within France, Spain and Italy.
early experience of foreign travel became an inspiration and a common
theme to much of Moira's work over the years. Many of her works
have been inspired by time spent in places as varied as Brazil,
Venice, Paris, Ibiza and Mallorca.
the 1960s, as well as continuing to paint and exhibit regularly,
Moira also spent time working within the design departments of a
number of leading theatre companies, including the Lyceum and Traverse
theatres in Edinburgh.
her methods, Moira has said: "Before I paint anything, whether it
be in oil or watercolour, the basis of all my works is a drawing.
This for me is the technical foundation to any work, however abstract
it may appear.
work [always] has the same influences. I am not influenced by any
particular individual, but by simple objects that I see every day,
and something in them will attract me to paint or draw. My paintings
and drawings are purely my own individual way of seeing these things,
and not necessarily how other people would see them."
her death in 2004, continued to exhibit her paintings and drawings
in galleries throughout the UK, as well as in major public exhibitions
such as the RA, RSA and RSW, and staged a solo exhibition in Edinburgh
during the Edinburgh Festival 2002.
1936 Born in Aberdeen.
1951 - 56 Studied at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen. 1955 Hospitalfield
Summer School, Arbroath.
1956 - 57 Post-Diploma Travelling Scholarship. Lived and worked
in France, Spain and Italy for a year and exhibited her work upon
1956 to 2004 Exhibited regularly at open public exhibitions, including:
Royal Scottish Academy
Royal Scottish Painters in Watercolour
Royal Glasgow Institution
Scottish Arts Council
John Moore, Liverpool
within numerous private galleries, throughout the UK, in solo and
1964 - 66 Worked within the Design Department of the Royal Lyceum
Theatre Company, Edinburgh
1998 Elected a member of RSW
2000 to 2004 Member of RSW Council