In my studio work, I paint in a style of warm, organic abstraction. The abstract format provides freedom to use color, texture, and found objects to tell stories. Recently, my paintings have begun to feature gold leaf, influenced by Italy’s churches and artistic history.
Besides my studio work, my background in art has taken many forms. One of my collages was used as a book cover, for Why I Never Finished My Dissertation by Laura Foley, which is lovely and also extraordinarily well-reviewed. The book cover was a 2020 Finalist for the da Vinci Eye Award, for excellence in cover design for independent books. I’ve taught art at the post-secondary level, at various colleges and universities in the Boston and New York City areas, as well as in Italy and Sicily. I have held positions in museums, and as a sign painter.
My first interest in web design came years ago, when I decided to display my paintings online. I eventually came to the conclusion that, in order to properly showcase my paintings, I needed to learn to code. And so I did. Now I help others present their work to the world with custom-designed websites, and all manner of graphic design and branding solutions.
Reclaiming Butterscotch, The Summit, Seattle, WA
The Oak and the Cypress, Knutzen Family Theatre Gallery, Federal Way, WA
Lavender Menace: Paintings by Maura McGurk in Response to Gay Bullying, Wauregan Gallery, Norwich, CT
Maternal Instinct: Painted Responses to Bullying, The Museum of Motherhood, New York, NY
Uncensored: Queer Art and the Church, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, The Annex, New York, NY
Mama Said: The Art and Artifacts of Wise Women, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
The Sketchbook Project, Traveling Exhibition (Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis)
The Small, Villa Gaia, Seggiano, Italy
A Month in Sicily, Marion Art Center, Marion, MA
Arte Contemporanea, Galleria del Castello, Nocciano, Italy
Exhibition Grant, City of Federal Way, WA
AHA! Grant, with Adams Grant funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, New Bedford, MA
M.F.A. in Painting, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
B.F.A. in Painting, University of Connecticut, magna cum laude
B.A. in Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Berkeley, with Honors