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I'm Maggie, and I'm a painter based in Atlanta, Ga. I studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and finished my painting degree at UGA's Lamar Dodd Art School. Yes, I totally took my headshots with my french bulldog puppy, Dizzy. Who passes up a puppy photoshoot???

I started painting when I was about 4 years old. My mom said she knew I had talent when I brought her a little stick figure drawing and instead of delicately asking me, "What is this supposed to be, sweetie?" She knew 100% that it was a frog. I was the stick-figure frog drawing master at only 4 years old, a title 4 year old Picasso probably never received. In your face, Picasso.

I painted obsessively throughout my childhood, initially to avoid socially awkward scenarios. I found that I could forgo large intimidating crowds and meet people one-on-one, if I simply asked to draw them. It made me intensely study the human figure, and is still my favorite practice. Drawing from life was the best gift I could have given myself, because it cured my shyness, created a catalog of human poses in my head, and it made me work faster. 

I was lucky enough to have the artist Carolyn Young Hisel as a family friend, and from age 9-15 she took me under her wing and showed me what life as a working artist could be like. I spent my summers drawing and painting in a professional art studio, while other kids went to camp. She made me believe I could have a career as a painter. All my romantic notions about living as an artist come from relaxing in her english garden and trying to draw the darting koi fish in the pond.

After college by way of Chicago and Atlanta, I've finally come full circle- it mostly means I'm sitting in my pajamas and drawing elaborate interpretations of frogs, but I have also gotten to work for some pretty amazing clients. I've painted celebrities, fashion shows, weddings, magazine events and private gatherings. I've painted pets, babies, ancestors and crazy dreams. I'm here to paint, I'm your painter on call.

What's next? That's really up to you. What is your dream painting, the ideal canvas of personal art you imagine hanging in your space? What is the image you want to wake up to every morning, so you can sip your coffee, see it, and invigorate your day? What is your visual mantra of the love and hope in your life? Let's make it happen! 

Press

Atlanta Weddings Magazine: Live Event Painting, Maggie Smith Kuhn, April 2017

Nouveau Magazine: Dit Is De Nieuwste Trend In Trouwland, March 2017

House Beautiful: "Live Painting" Is The Most Gorgeous New Wedding Trend, March 2017

Country Living: "Live Painting" Is The Most Gorgeous New Wedding Trend, March 2017

Savannah Weddings Magazine: The Art of Attraction, Spring/Summer 2017

We Fell In Love: The Wedding Painter, October 2016

Junebug Weddings: This Bride Ditched Her Wheelchair To Walk Down The Aisle On Her Wedding Day, August 2016

Buzzfeed: This Paralyzed Woman Taught Herself To Walk Down The Aisle For Her Wedding Day, August 2016

Good Morning America: Yahoo Wellness Wedding Feature, August 2016 

Flo & Frank: My Love [Read], August 2016

Daily Mail UK: Georgia Woman's Dream Wedding, August 2016

20 Minutes Switzerland: Braut geht zu Fuss statt im Rollstuhl zum Altar, August 2016

ABC News: Bride, Paralyzed in Accident, Walks & Dances Again at Wedding, August 2016

WSBTV Atlanta: Paralyzed Atlanta Woman's Dream Wedding, August 2016

TLC Channel's Say Yes To The Dress Atlanta: Season 9 Finale, February 2016

The University of Georgia Magazine: Art, Accelerated, December 2015

Brit + Co: Why Live Painting Could Be The Next Big Wedding Trend, October 2015

 Atlanta Journal Constitution: Atlanta Painter's Super Speedy Portraits Win the Internet For a Day, August 2015

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Atlanta Painter's Wedding Portraits Go Viral, August 2015

Buzzfeed Wedding: This is the Classiest Wedding Favor We've Ever Seen, August 2015

Modern Luxury The Atlantan: Social & Charity Datebook, April 2015

Skip Cohen University: Creating Original Heirlooms- Spotlight with Maggie Smith Kuhn, October 2014

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