About The Artist
Trained in classical realism at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, I see in the world around me an unending and rich abundance of inspiration. I choose to work in a realistic style. Increasingly, I feel there is so much fragmentation and chaos in our lives that painting offers me (and perhaps viewers of my art) one of the best ways to experience wholeness and serenity. I never lack for ideas; both the mundane and the magnificent around us are worthy of celebration. I hope the viewer of what I capture will likewise be enraptured by what I choose to portray.
Margaret was born in Hong Kong. She studied classical ballet from the age of seven. At Wellesley College, she was fascinated by the field of Sociology and after graduation entered the M.Phil program in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics. But she fell in love with dance again, this time with contemporary dance. Returning to the U.S., she earned an M.F.A. in Dance at the University of Utah. Subsequently, Margaret taught and was tenured in the School of Dance at Ohio University. She also did freelance choreography. While in Ohio, she served on the Dance panel of the Ohio Arts Council and was a consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts.
After she stopped dancing, Margaret became interested in exploring art and enrolled in the Academy of Art in San Francisco, where she was trained the classical way which she took to, “like a duck to water”. To her delight, she discovered a whole new way of creative expression using different mediums – charcoal, oil, soft pastel, and multi media. As a visual artist, she was initially most drawn to portraiture but her work covers all the genres in painting: figures, landscape (interior and exterior scenes) and still life. For nearly twenty years she had her own studio in San Francisco. Since 2006 Margaret’s paintings have been juried into regional and national shows – winning several awards for excellence. Additionally, Margaret’s work appears in several publications including Artists Magazine, AARP the magazine, and books on painting.
During the pandemic, she and her husband decided to move from the City (after 30 years there) to Sausalito. She loves being here and is thrilled to be in the community of artists in the ICB Art Building.