Paintings in Watercolor

Like the Impressionists, Margaret spent many years as a "plein air" painter, during which time she absorbed the color and quality of light. Now she works in her studio on large scale paintings while still painting smaller landscapes on location. Margaret exploits the natural white of the paper and the translucence of watercolor, sculpting the forms in a realistic style but with a passionate feeling for the emotions they convey. She exaggerates the color in order to express the drama and pathos of her subjects.

In Margaret's recent monument and sycamore tree paintings she is working in a limited palette of triads of red, yellow and blue. The absence of black and the intensity of color produce the heightened emotion she wants to convey. She love cities and architecture; originally she painted complete street scenes. Now she find she is focusing more and more closely on the sculptural details of the buildings and monuments that she wants to paint. With an innate sense of adventure Margaret likes to travel around the world sketching and photographing the great sculptural monuments from Western Christianity, European and Jeffersonian neo-classicism to Asian religious sites. At the same time she paints quite small, quick watercolors of the local landscape that imprint the essence of the place in my brain so that upon her return to the studio she can recreate the emotion that she experienced.

I feel I have an important duty to make people aware of the beauty of the world much like a traveler in the nineteenth century on an enlightening grand tour. I have maintained a studio in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia since 1981. This is where I do my monumental paintings and welcome visitors.


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