Here at Sea-Changers we are excited to let you know about our very first online art auction.
We are thrilled to be auctioning a wonderful piece of art by coastal landscape painter, Maggie Cochran. Maggie is inspired by the UK’s coast and shores and her beautiful artwork captures the changing mood and feel of the sea. Maggie’s art has been exhibited widely and her original art is held in private collections around the world.
Maggie has donated a piece called ‘Northern Light’ which she painted after a residency in Shetland in 2019.
More about Northern Light
Oil on cradled board, 40x40x2 cms, ready to hang.
Maggie says: “I was lucky enough to be offered a month as an artist in residence in Shetland in August 2019. My studio and living quarters were right on the water in Scalloway. I could lie in bed and watch seals, and even once an otter, swimming outside the window. The light on the water never failed to inspire me and I spent many hours just watching it change. I travelled around the islands and was wowed by the incredible clarity of the light and the water. I loved the reflections from the peat covered hills – so different from the colours of Cornwall where I usually paint. And the deserted pristine white sandy beaches which looked like they belonged in the Caribbean.
I enjoyed engaging with visitors and the local community while there. I sold most of the work I produced there – much of it going off to far flung corners of the world as it was bought by cruise ship passengers. I was also delighted that several of my bigger paintings were bought by locals and remain on Shetland. ‘Northern Light’ was painted on my return to my Hampshire studio while the colours were still fresh in my mind. It is a celebration of what I loved most about Shetland – the clean, clear waters, the clarity of the light, the moodiness of the peat covered hills and the huge ever changing sky.
As a coastal landscape painter I feel passionately about our oceans and am thrilled to have this opportunity to raise funds to support UK based marine conservation.”
The donation of this painting is part of an ongoing partnership between Maggie and Sea-Changers. All money raised will go into our marine conservation grants programme, which will enable vital marine conservation initiatives to take place often led by grassroots and community projects.