Artist and Author Bio
Maggie O’Hara is a self-taught digital artist who lives in North Queensland, Australia. She is influenced by the beauty that surrounds her in the rainforests, tropical gardens and the Great Barrier Reef. Her distinctive personal style evokes positive emotions in her stylised pieces inspired by nature. Her compositions convey feelings of happiness and joy.
In 2019 her piece titled ‘Face of the Forest’ won people’s choice award at the Townsville Art Society annual awards and was exhibited at the perc Tucker Regional Gallery. This lead her to develop and created the series of limited edition canvases ‘Faces of the Forest’.
In 2019 Maggie exhibited at Umbrella studio with her piece titled ‘Fleur’ selling on opening night.
In 2020 Maggie extended the ‘Faces of the Forest’ series into 30 works to be made into positive affirmation cards.
Maggies purpose is to bring positive emotion and healing energy to the viewer by connecting with nature and using colour therapy to evoke emotions of happiness and joy. (a state of Fleurtopia, a fictional word meaning finding joy in nature or nature inspired artworks)
Maggie grew up in a very small town in Western Queensland and loved exploring with her family. On the long road trips reading books was a great way to visit exotic far-away lands and escape the boredom of never ending roads. When she was 18 she wanted to visit some of these exiting places, so she started travelling to different countries. This was the start of her own imaginative stories of distant lands and adventurous protagonists.
Maggie had written many children’s stories over the years but couldn’t illustrate them like she saw in her mind. In 2017 she started writing again and learnt how to illustrate digitally from her photos. She spent 12 months full time learning to use Photoshop and creating the first two books in the Elly Rose series.
Since then she has published 6 children’s books selling almost 3000 copies world-wide.