Finding art within is one of the greatest treasures. Sharing it with the world can be the most fulfilling.
As an artist, I began exploring two divergent paths.
On one I found grace and strength; women demanding to be seen, giving pause to those who passed. They have power beyond the canvas. They delve into our being and reflect what we want to see in ourselves. This path is inspiring as an artist. These women are apart from me but they influence who I am. They take me to the realm of realistic fantasy; beyond my normal but not outside of my reach.
The other path is much more reflective. The abstracts are pieces of myself coming out into the world. These are an intuitive release that I only come to recognize upon completion of the work. My abstract pieces allow me to travel deeper into my beliefs and my thoughts. One canvas is composed of a hundred thoughts thereby becoming a novel to be read and reread. They are as varied as my thoughts but collections slowly reveal themselves the longer I participate in their creation. I see these paintings as true reflections of who I am as an artist; a constant balancing game between light and dark, heavy intentional strokes and arbitrary spots, there is movement and action.
Margaret began painting with acrylics in 2000 while she was studying at Culinary school in Vermont. She enjoyed the freedom and emotions of abstract art. Her abstracts are inspired by her minimalist and modern aesthetic and through the exploration of other art forms, developed into what they are today.
She returned to painting in 2015 with a series of dresses in watercolour. Her practice gained momentum when she began exploring the series in acrylic. Building textures, creating sweeping movements and the play of colours off her palette knives coupled with the image of a woman standing in a gown created a unique work that carries the life force of the women who inspire us all.
With a deepening need to explore textures, she began again to create her abstract works. Her latest series, Lavishly Minimal, references all that we hide from ourselves, the cracks that allow the treasures of the truth of ourselves to be released, and our hopes against the struggles that threaten to defeat us.
Margaret lives and paints in Saint Lambert, Quebec with her husband and two children.
Margaret is represented in the Chicago area by the Atkinson Collection Gallery and by MJ Laberge Gallery in the Montreal area.