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A native of Berks County, PA, Margaret earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Penn State University, where she majored in printmaking with a specialty in etchings. She then moved to New Orleans with her husband, where she continued her education at Tulane University, earning a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking. While at Tulane, she taught adult classes in printmaking and watercolor. She also worked in the French Quarter as a freelance watercolor artist. Moving to Houston, Texas, she studied at the University of St. Thomas, achieving a Master of Education degree in Elementary Education and Art Education. She taught elementary school for 22 years in Houston,TX and Lititz, PA, and retired from teaching in 2010. She now works full-time as an artist. From April through November, you can find Margaret at many outdoor art shows around the mid-Atlantic region, including Rittenhouse Square, Mount Gretna, and Bethseda ROW Outdoor Art Shows. She also shows her work at Lititz Framing and Fine Arts. She has had shows and exhibits at Red Raven Art Gallery in Lancaster, Accent Gallery in Ocean City, New Jersey, and at the new Manheim Township Library. During the summer of 2012, Margaret won "Best of Show" at the Lititz Art Show and "1st Place Watercolors / Pastels" at the Lansdale Festival of the Arts for her painting "Blue Crabs."
Margaret specializes in watercolor realism. She changes her subjects often, as she turns to different events that pass through her life. Local scenes, unique moments of life, and memorable adventures are typical subject matter. Her paintings are without angst and reflect a down to earth and easy-going personality. Margaret's art studio is not a formal place. It is simply the dining room table. She starts with a realistic drawing. When painting, she slowly builds up layers of paint, creating a rich, three-dimensional, realistic likeness of each subject. The painting is enhanced with involved composition. Many of the paintings appear to be abstracts until you are drawn closer to discover the details.
Margaret resides in Lititz, PA, with her husband Art, a retired geologist. She has two grown children who live in Baltimore and Atyrau, Kazakhstan.