VAS painter is inspired by nature

As the Visual Society’s Artist of
the Month, Maureen Lazarus exhibited 19 of her acrylic paintings at the Watler
House, Pedro St. James, last weekend.

Her pieces, which were painted not
on canvas but on recycled Caymanian Compass newspaper, were striking botanicals
of seagrape and breadfruit, as well as two seascapes.

“I believe that artwork should come
alive when displayed,” she said.

Ms Lazarus has been painting for 20
years and graduated from the Edna Manley School of Arts in Jamaica.

Her latest artworks incorporate
recycling as a way of preserving the environment.

She said: “It shows you can use
simple things around you… and that you don’t have to be restricted to canvas
[for a painting] to become a masterpiece.”

Of her paintings, she said: “You’ll
find all kinds of plants in the Caribbean. I’ve turned my paintings into 3-D
images, where you can actually feel them… I’ve never seen it elsewhere.

“Papier mache is a long-time
influence. Anything I do, I want it to be interesting,” said the artist.

She said that she is currently
thinking about moving her work in a different direction to show her versatility.
Whatever it is it will be “something from nature”, she added.

The full-time designer at Super
Stitch has had plenty of positive feedback about her recycled art.

Her next exhibition, which is to
include many of her paintings displayed at Watler House, will be held at Full
of Beans from 5 May. The opening night will run from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Her show
will run until 1 June with the artwork for sale.

Aside from painting, Ms Lazarus
designs fabric and has been a fashion designer for Cayfest’s FRESH! Couture


Fruit by Maureen Lazarus.
Photo: Elphina Magona