'On a painting trip to the west of Ireland some years ago I found myself sitting in a coastal field. I gradually became conscious that the sights and sounds I was seeing and hearing were the same had
I sat in that place a thousand years earlier. It had a profound effect on me to be within this timeless place, stepping away from the rush of life; to embrace calm, be still and let the sounds of
silence in. I felt grounded in the simple beauty of the landscape. Since that experience, I have found that same awareness can be found in many settings and my paintings strive to be little
meditations on that stillness, regardless of time of day or weather.' Maria Levinge.