Maureen O’Hara Ure is an artist and assistant professor in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Utah. Many of her paintings feature animals in imaginary landscapes. The creatures are adapted from medieval art and architecture O’Hara Ure encounters in travels overseas. O’Hara Ure enjoys the possibilities of narrative and metaphor these creatures offer to her works, especially in exploring themes of war and peace and Paradise and the fall. She has published three artists’ books under the imprint The Hand in Glove Press. O’Hara Ure has received several grants in support of her work and her paintings are featured in museum, government and private collections locally and internationally. >View Website
In May 2014, I had the opportunity to spend time drawing on-site in central France. This research project was funded by the University of Utah College of Fine Arts, where I have taught in the Department of Art and Art History for many years. The itinerary which I proposed in my research grant centered on my interest in studying Romanesque frescoes and stonework of Burgundy’s many churches and abbeys.
While medieval imagery has been a major influence on my paintings for over a decade, and for all of that time, travel sketchbooks have been an essential part of my painting practice, this project moved the sketchbook to the forefront of a project. Returning home from France, I spent over a year refining a couple dozen of the stronger pages to compose a new volume. Designer Whitney Shaw and I collaborated in preparing the chapbook’s layout. Titled Seeing and Believing: A Traveler’s Sketchbook, this limited, signed edition of 250 offset-printed copies appears under my imprint, The Hand in Glove Press.