Maggie Standley is owner and principal artist of wingspan Painting Studio. The studio, located in Burlington, Vermont, along beautiful Lake Champlain, is amidst the South-End's bourgeoning and vibrant arts and business district.
Her professional experience in faux finishing and murals includes apprenticing with some of the finest companies in Decorative Painting such as Evergreene Painting Studios, NY and Warnock Studios, WDC.
Maggie continually educates herself and her work is informed by her travels to places as diverse as Budapest and Belize City. Though Maggie started out as a fine artist (and continues to be), she couldn't eat her paintings, nor use them to pay her dentist if she had tried.
Maggie first picked up a paintbrush in 1987 after spending two years studying in Paris. She returned to Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and enrolled in her first art class. She was hooked, but her professor discouraged her, saying it was too hard a field to get by in.
Maggie's initial career track of International Relations took her to Washington D.C. and then to Yaounde, Cameroon for a year of independent study and work in community development. During this year, she painted her first mural in the gorgeous mountain town of Buea for a restaurant called The Thando Hut (which means Love Hut in Zulu). She has since painted many murals for both commercial, community and residential venues, produced a myriad of paintings and fauxed numerous walls, floors, ceilings and pieces of furniture. Maggie has been an Artist-in-Residence at The Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, The Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, VT and Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD. Her technical skill is matched only by her passion and creativity.