Artist Statement

I began my formal art training as a painting major with an affinity for the alphabet at Seton Hill University fifty years ago. Two undergraduate courses in calligraphy started a life­long challenge to learn alphabets and about their origins; to then use them in a manner reflecting the time in which I live. Two additional years spent with Arnold Bank at Carnegie Mellon studying Advanced Calligraphy, provided further impetus. As time has progressed, the alphabet and the calligraphic/gestural line have become my primary subject matter, sometimes with text and sometimes without. My work currently is about developing layers that contain and reflect the words I write.


Work experience has included freelance calligraphy, painting and design work; the direction of three International Lettering Arts conferences for The Philadelphia Calligraphy Society, PCCA 1982; The New York Society of Scribes, Innovations‘86 1986; The Guilford Art Center, Writing Beyond Words, 1999; Art Department, AT&T, NJ; teaching venues ranging from public schools, college to Continuing Ed, The Guilford Art Center, most recently Montgomery College, Silver Spring, MD. I have been a frequent essayist for Letter Arts Review magazine as well as a guest editor and juror. My work has been exhibited nationally and is in many private.

Rilke: Dark Hours, 30" x 38", Acrylic and Gouache on Arches Cover, brush

Rilke: Dark Hours, 30" x 38", Acrylic and Gouache on Arches Cover, brush

Other artwork by Maureen M. Squires

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