A native of southern Virginia, Margaret graduated from Radford University with a B.S. degree in Art and a graduate degree in Adult Education from the University of Missouri. In addition to teaching art in K-12, she managed an Adult Literacy facility and worked in events planning and public relations for IBM in St. Louis. Margaret also exhibited her work in Barnes and Noble’s St. Louis stores and gave presentations on how to learn to paint from books. She also exhibited in several St. Louis galleries and the Missouri Botanical Gardens.
Twenty years ago, Margaret began to explore watercolor and has lately been developing watercolor collage techniques unique to her. She possesses a heightened visual awareness for the beauty of simplicity which is apparent in her collages, and she delights in the fresh, childlike feel this approach gives to traditional subjects.
Always curious, she is constantly trying new mediums and is currently working in pastel, oil, and acrylics as well as watercolor and collage. This has led to her involvement in a broad range of continuing art education with professional artists from across the U.S. Margaret teaches college in her Soaring Mountain Studio and hosts visiting artists who teach in a variety of mediums and styles.
Her work is represented by Twigs and Leaves Gallery in Waynesville, N.C., and in her own Soaring Mountain Studio/Gallery.