About artist Margaret Owen
When I was a girl I gardened alongside my grandmother. She would hold my hand as we walked through the garden, and tell me the names of what was growing and the conditions in which they thrived. My father set aside my own garden plot at home, for me to tend myself, in it I chose to grow flowers and vegetables. We also tried our hand at the odd fruit tree.
From the start I loved beauty and good food! I was fascinated by the astonishing variety of shapes that occur as part of a single plant’s life cycle and hopelessly in love with color. Since then the natural world has become the driving force behind my art. I am endlessly drawn to paint flowers and fruit. The actual paint is a source of great pleasure for me: squeezing it out, mixing it, applying it with my brush. That shows up in my painting style, I paint directly with thick, chunky strokes.
I am also interested in perception, why I see what I see when I look. And in the fact that the way I look changes what I see when I look. I am curious about how different representations (re-presentations) convey different aspects of experience. And in the way daubs of paint on canvas can express to another human being a shared experience.
Making art helps me to feel more present and to tune into the beauty around me. For me, my paintings are endlessly engrossing puzzles of color, light, pattern and form. With a paint-brush in my hand the world becomes a more interesting place and I am able to feel my place in it.
I received an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art.
Sheldon fine Art, 59 America's cup Ave. Newport, RI, (401) 849-0030
Studio Hop: 810 Hope St, Providence, RI
Darius Inn, Block Island, RI
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I share a sketching blog with Elizabeth Hutchinson, moveable paintbox.
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