Rita J Maggart

Rita J. Maggart is a photographer and artist in Nashville, Tennessee. Botanicals and nature are the source of her oil paintings and her fine art photography. Rita’s mission statement is “Always, always I must communicate and create.” With a background in oil painting and floral design, Rita photographs florals as portraiture and finds excitement in finding the message of the botanical image. She began her study of photography at Nashville State Community College and has studied with several well know professional photographers in the Southeast. Her fine art photography can be found in private collections and art galleries in Tennessee. 

St George Episcopal Church Art Fest: Apr 12 to May 12

four senses

Behold with Your Senses

Medium: Drawing - Charcoal

Year: Completed 2018

Description: "Behold with thine eyes; and hear with thine ears all that I say...." Ezekiel 44:5 KJV

Michelangelo's "David" has been a source of inspiration for artists for centuries. These charcoal drawings are from plaster casts of the head of Michelangelo's  "David" in Florence Italy. Learning to draw classically has been the goal of many artists including myself who study Renaissance art. God instructs us to engage our senses and learn of Him. Studying from the master Michelangelo is a time-honored tradition among artists.

"Woman behold thy son." John 19:26 KJV

There is no gaze more beautiful and peaceful than that of a nursing mother and child.
In this emotional pastel drawing the connection between infant and mother
is apparent as the senses of sight, touch, smell, taste and sound are all 
imagined as the viewer engages in this timeless and contemporary image
of Madonna and Child.

Madonna and Child


Botanical Macro Photography 

“Insight” invites you to enter deeply into nature’s form and beauty. Here you will see more than what the subject looks like, you will see what the image has to say. The goal of my conceptual photography is to guide the viewer from the obvious to the abstract; and through observation make visible what is invisible to the casual observer. As an artist I enjoy the creative process from concept to presentation. “Insight” has been a joyride through camera, computer, printer and presentation. 

I begin the journey with a studied observation of what and how to photograph, and then follow the path into the digital darkroom and on to the magical moment of print making and framing. Much thought and preparation go into the details of a fine art photograph and I stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before to appreciate the quality of light, the importance of composition and the value of an image to communicate an emotion. I have been influenced by the photographic artistry of Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston, Julia Margaret Cameron, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joyce Tenneson and Imogen Cunningham. 

I hope you will enjoy these images and discover for yourself the hidden message within the lines and form of nature’s beauty. Please linger in the images of “Insight” and see what the image has to say. Like the pollinators, we are drawn to the flower’s color, fragrance and its beauty. But, when the color is softened and the form invites us inside, then the flower has a language all its own. The flower will speak to us softly and whisper the message God has for us to hear. 

Click to read more about Rita in Sheri Oneal's Fabulous Women over 40 blog