I have always been interested in art and, in particular, painting. I was very lucky growing up to have wonderful teachers, very innovative and progressive. Mrs Zeiker, whose husband designed stain glass windows for churches, and priests garments would have us painting to music. With Mother Marcella we would go on walks around the grounds of Genazzano with sketch pad in hand, checking out the beautiful purple shades thrown by the shadows in Cyprus Walk.
I have taken photographs all my life, some good, some not so good but would love to experiement more after I have stopped working full time.
When my children were at kindergarten I took up oil painting, tutored by Ron Reynolds and Marion Bruere. My first masterpiece was a painting of Beethoven’s death mask (I’m surprised I didn’t call it quits after that). Ron would have a box of black and white photographs for us to select our subject matter from; resulting in an exciting night of tonal painting. The Sunday morning field trips to places like Pound Bend (in the middle of winter) Warrandyte were fun.
I took watercolour lessons from Julie Ford at Mitcham Art Society, where I became Treasurer and Secretary for several years prior to moving to Kilmore in 2001.
I had 2 years of watercolour lessons from David K Taylor, and have attended workshops been tutored by Alvaro Castagnet, Amanda Hyatt and Joseph Zbukvic.
I miss going out painting with my dear friend Alan Sartori, who passed away last year. I have a beautiful wet-on-wet watercolour of Alan’s in my home to remember him by.
I would exhibit, with Mitcham Art Society around the local shopping centres. Paintings have been sold at the Blackwood Gallery at the Meat Market Melbourne (when it was the State’s Craft Centre); Custom Wharf Gallery, Williamstown; Spectrum Gallery, North Balwyn; Beryl’s Gallery, Bundoora; Claudia Louise Gallery, Ivanhoe; The Stockyard Gallery, Foster; Makers-on-Mair, Ballarat as well as the local art shows – St Theresa’s Essendon; Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Bentleigh; St Edwards Blackburn South; Parade College Bundoora; Loyola Bundoora to name a few. Rotary Art Shows always being popular, with of course, Camberwell Rotary being a favourite.
I would enjoy visits to Harold Freeman’s studio in Brunswick watching the mosaic murals taking shape and casting an eye over David Jack and Joe Attard’s oil landscapes.
I joined Seymour Art Society after moving to Kilmore. We are fortunate to have the Information Centre as neighbours sharing the historic old courthouse with us, and the volunteers there do a great job handling our sales. The Courthouse is open to the public 7 days a week. I am also a member of the Woodend Art Group and The Kilmore Art Society.
I have received awards judged by such noted artists as Carl Anderson, David K Taylor, Richard Chamerski and Kevin Boucher. I recently received an Honourable Mention for a silk painting at the Art Beyond the Divide Art Show, judged by the assistant curator of the Benalla Art Gallery and another Honourable Mention for a silk painting at Kilmore’s Art Expo. I received 1st price for oil at Broadford’s Art Show Feb 2015 and 1st prize for an oil painting Oct 2015 at Seymour Show, together with 2nd place for a watercolour of King Parrot Creek. Many of my paintings have been purchased by interstate and overseas buyers. I have been commissioned to paint Australian landscapes in watercolour for hanging in Malaysia.
In recent years I have had solo exhibitions at the MAD Gallery in Lancefield, Gillmay Arts in Romsey and the Heathcote Winery Gallery.
I currently have work on display at the Mitchell Shire Chambers Gallery in Broadford,Old Courthouse Gallery Seymour, the Old Courthouse in Kilmore, Glen Erin Winery in Lancefield, Araminta’s in Seymour and Milners Framing Gallery in Broadford. MAD Gallery in Lancefield, Kilmore Hospital, Kilmore Medical Centre and Holgate’s in Woodend.
These days I mainly paint in watercolour or acrylic, and occasionally have a dabble in pastel, though I have recently rekindled my love of the oil medium. Silk painting is strogly emerging as a favourite medium with two of my three silk painting receiving Honourable Mentions at prestigious shows. I attended a Charcoal ‘faces’ workshop recently which was fun, not to forget the Encaustic wax paintings I have been doing.
Since early childhood I have had an interest in photography.
“Margaret captures the Australian landscape in its majestic earthy tones intermingled with the translucent seashore to fill the viewer with mysticism and a sense of belonging.”
Address: PO Box 558 Kilmore Vic 3764