June 2015 Featured Member
June 2015 Maureen Burbic
"Lemons", acrylic by Maureen Burbic
"Window View", acrylic by Maureen Burbic.
Maureen Burbic has been an artist on Cape Cod and Nantucket for more than thirty years. She loves art because it allows her to be creative, to invent, to control the design, colors and textures of her work, and in her way to reflect for viewers the vision she sees of the Cape Cod life.
Maureen grew up in New Jersey and lived for twenty years in Monmouth Beach. She went to the local high school, played at the beach and on the boardwalk, and met Bob while they were youngsters. They married and have lived happily for fifty years. While Bob pursued his education and career at Goldman Sachs and Citibank and his own executive recruiting firm, Maureen took courses in watercolors, oil painting, pastels, sculpture and creative design. She went to Brookdale College and then furthered her studies at the Art Students League in New York. She became well known and won numerous awards and prizes in New Jersey, and sold her artwork to private and corporate clients around the world. She furthered her technical development painting in acrylics, blending impressionist and post-impressionist techniques with more modern and inventive methods of the late twentieth century, especially utilizing textures to create dimensional depth and feeling using colors and designs. “Art and creativity have always been my passions,” she says. “I love to invent things, expressing myself in a way that allows viewers to feel and see differently.” As Maureen’s success continued, she became an art instructor, Vice President and then President of the Monmouth Arts Gallery, and then served on the executive board of the Monmouth Arts Foundation of New Jersey. She organized art exhibits and pursued her own abstract and modern art.
After loving their family vacations on Nantucket, Maureen and Bob decided to make the move. They left Monmouth Beach to move to the Island. Maureen and her daughter Kim opened a small shop, Peachtrees Collections of Nantucket, to sell jewelry, clothing and her art. Before long her son, Brian, opened a surf shop to sell surfing apparel and surf boards. Finally, Maureen and Bob opened a second Peachtrees Collections of Nantucket, devoted to gifts and accessories for the home. At last, they joined together to take on a major shop on Main Street in Nantucket, that included an art studio and gallery on the second floor for Maureen to produce new art, and sell her paintings. She produced gift tiles, Nantucket baskets, gift prints. Her most famous piece, titled “Window View”, is an acrylic painting with a pastel look that has been sold by the thousands, reproduced on coasters, cutting boards, note cards and tiles. The Cape and Islands have given her continuing inspiration for her art. “When I paint I am hoping to achieve a way to share with my viewers the intimate way the island has revealed itself to me. The mystic fog, the wild life, the vegetation, the ocean and pond views, and the timeless architecture are all subjects I draw inspiration from.”
Inventing. The creative process. Managing colors and design. These are the things she loves. Her shop at 417 Route 6A in Sandwich is a reflection of her and her loves. She designed hats on Nantucket and still has a few left in her 6A shop. She still paints. She loves working with customers to find just the right item or gift, to match their interests and their desires. She is happy that, through the years, her art and her business interests have all overlapped, and her family has been an active, creative and artistic part of her life. One of her sons, she says, is a singer and actor in community theater, her daughter Kim has been active in their boutique in Sandwich as a buyer, and her other son, Brian, is a custom woodworker, furniture maker and construction manager. They all love the inventive, creative side of work and family -- maybe Maureen’s greatest creation of all.