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”At a moment in 1970, when a model dropped her robe and stood naked in front of a class of wide-eyed eighteen year old art students, I found something in life I loved – the challenge to draw the living, breathing, continuously moving landscape of the human body. What started out as a challenge quickly became a passion. Ten years later, when I happened upon an artist’s dynamic pastels at a local exhibition, I knew I had discovered my medium.”

Margaret has lived in Atlanta, GA, since her family moved from New York in 1960. She attended the Atlanta College of Art at the High Museum of Art and furthered her studies under painters Roman Chatov, Kate Fetterolf and Jim Richards. A Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, Masters Circle in the International Association of Pastel Societies and award-winner in the American Impressionist Society, Margaret has made her living for over 20 years selling her work and teaching. Follow her blog  and travel vicariously with her.

PUBLICATIONS

The Pastel Journal (Mar. 2012; Feb. 2011; Dec. 2005; Mar. 2002; Mar. 2001; Mar. 2000; May 1999)

American Artist Magazine (Dec. 2013; Nov. 2011; 2010 Cover Competition; Jun. 2001)

International Artist Magazine (Jun. 2005; Aug. 2003; Sep. 2002)

The Artist’s Magazine (Nov. 2011; June 2002)

Pastel Artist International (Jan. 2001)

“How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Figures” (2005; 2004)

“Pastel Highlights 2” (2004)

“Pure Color: The Best of Pastels,” (2006)


SELECTED AWARDS

2016

Second Place, Southeastern Pastel Society, Atlanta, GA

Second Place, Stone Mountain Plein Air Event, Stone Mountain, GA

2015

Board of Directors Award, Connecticut Pastel Society

Louisiana Watercolor Award, Degas Pastel Society, New Orleans, LA

First Place, Olmsted Invitational Paint-out, Quick Paint Event, Atlanta, GA

2014

First Place, Pastel Society of North Florida, Niceville FL

Salter Award for Innovation, Connecticut Pastel Society Renaissance in Pastel

First Place, Stone Mountain Plein Air Event, Atlanta, GA

Best of Show, SE Pastel Society International, Oglethorpe Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

Outstanding Figurative Award, Women Painters of the Southeast, Greensboro, GA

Finalist, Artists Magazine 31st Annual Competition, Landscapes/Interior

Finalist, Artists Magazine 31st Annual Competition, Animal/Wildlife

2013

Best of Show, International Association of Pastel Societies Online Exhibition

Exceptional Merit, Degas Pastel Society, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, MS

First Place, College Park Plein Air Exhibition, College Park, GA

Finalist, Artists Magazine 30th Annual Competition, Landscapes/Interior

Finalist, Artists Magazine 30th Annual Competition, Animal/Wildlife

2012

Honorable Mention, National League of American Pen Women, Atlanta Chapter

2011

Honorable Mention, International Association of Pastel Societies Web Exhibition

Honorable Mention, Artist’s Magazine’s 28th Annual Art Competition, Portraits/Figures

Best of Show, Southeastern Pastel Society, Gainesville, GA

Finalist, International Society of Pastel Societies Poster Competition

2010

Great American Pastel Award, Degas Pastel Society, New Orleans, LA

Best of Show, Southeastern Pastel Society International, Atlanta, GA

Hurlimann Armstrong Award, Pastel Society of America, New York, NY

Finalist, American Artist Cover Competition

2009

3rd Place, American Impressionist Society, Saks Gallery, Denver, CO

3rd Place, Southeastern Pastel Society, Marietta/Cobb Museum, Atlanta, GA

Honorable Mention, Southeastern Pastel Society, Marietta/Cobb Museum, Atlanta, GA

2005  

Best of Show, Main Street Art Festival, Ft. Worth, TX

2004

Best of Drawing, Des Moines Art Festival, Des Moines, IO

Best of Show, Tallahassee Chain of Parks, Tallahassee, FL

3rd Place, Drawing, Coconut Grove Art Festival, Coconut Grove, FL

2003

2nd Place, International Artist Magazine Competition August/September

2002

Best of Show, Coconut Grove Art Festival, Coconut Grove, FL

Best in Drawing, The Austin Fine Art Festival, Austin, TX

2nd Place-Drawing, Winter Park Art Festival, Winter Park, FL

Finalist, The Pastel Journal’s “Pastel 100” Exhibition, Portrait & Figure

2nd Place-Drawing, St. Louis Art Fair, St. Louis, MO

2001

Juror’s Award, Cherry Creek Art Festival, Denver, CO

Finalist & Merit Award, The Pastel Journal’s “Pastel 100” Exhibition

Best in Drawing, The Austin Fine Art Festival, Austin, TX

2000

Pastel Society of New Mexico International Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM

Pastel Society of America, New York, NY

Finalist, The Pastel Journal’s “Pastel 100” Exhibition, Portrait & Figure Category

1999

Pastel Society of America, NY, NY

2nd Place-Drawing, Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA

1st Place, Southeastern Pastel Society Members Exhibition. Atlanta, GA

1998

3rd Place-Drawing, Disney Festival of the Masters, Buena Vista, FL

3rd Place, Cherry Creek Art Festival, Denver, CO

1997

3rd Place-Drawing, Winter Park Art Festival, Winter Park , FL

Jurors’ Choice, Atlanta Art Festival, Atlanta, GA

1996

Helen Oehler Award, American Artists Professional League, New York, NY

Marie Devor Award, Pastel Society of America, New York, NY

1994

1st Place–Painting, Uptown Arts, Minneapolis, MN

2nd Place, The National Arts Program at Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

1993

Award of Distinction, Fine Arts Museum of the South, Montgomery AL

1992

Grumbacher Silver Medal of Excellence, SE Pastel Society, Atlanta, GA

Honorable Mention, The Florida National, FSU, Tallahassee, FL


SELECTED JURIED AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

Hudson Valley Art Association, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY

River Gallery Sketch Show, Chattanooga, TN

Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, GA

2015

"Les Pastellistes" International Exhibition, Pastel Society of Eastern Canada

Degas Pastel Society, New Orleans, LA

Renaissance in Pastel, Connecticut Pastel Society, Slater Museum, Norwich, CT

2014

Following The Light Across Europe, Richland Fine Art, Nashville TN

Women Painters of the Southeast, Magnolia Gallery, Greensboro, GA

Renaissance in Pastel, Connecticut Pastel Society, Slater Museum, Norwich, CT

2013

Degas Pastel Society, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, MS

Arts in the Open Ireland Plein Air Exhibition, Wexford, Ireland

Southeastern Pastel Society, Carrollton, GA

La Bonne Etoile, Fontaine-Fourches, France

International Association of Pastel Societies Instructor Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM

2012  

DK Gallery, Marietta, GA

Richeson75 Online Pastel Competition

La Bonne Etoile, Fontaine-Fourches, France

2011

International Association of Pastel Societies Web Exhibition

Randy Higbee Gallery 6x6 Gallery Winter Exhibit, Costa Mesa, CA

Pastel Invitational, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

Southeastern Pastel Society, The Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, GA

Richeson 75 Small Works Exhibit, Kimberly, WI

Wethersfield Academy for the Arts, Hartford, CT

Sedona Art Center Faculty Exhibition, Sedona, AZ

2010

Randy Higbee Gallery 6x6 Gallery Exhibit, Costa Mesa, CA

International Association of Pastel Societies Web Exhibition

Pastel Society of America, National Arts Club, New York, NY

Degas Pastel Society, Hammond, LA

Southeastern Pastel Society, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA

Pastel National, 2010, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS

Brandon Michael Fine Art Figurative Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM

2009

American Impressionist Society Exhibition, Saks Galleries, Denver, CO

“Metro Montage,” Cobb Marietta Museum of Art, Marietta, GA

Southeastern Pastel Society, Athens, GA

2007

American Impressionist Society National Exhibition, Hilligoss Gallery, Chicago, IL

2005

“Explorations: Pastels and Paintings”, Aliya Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2004

Bennett Street Gallery Invitational, Atlanta, GA

ATLart[04] Atlanta Contemporary Art Center “Under Different Circumstances”,

assembled by Lisa Kurzner, former curator Museum of Modern Art, NY; Atlanta, GA

2002

The 3rd Annual Pastel 100 Exhibition, The Pastel Journal

Southeastern Pastel Society International Exhibition, Atlanta, GA

2001

The 2nd Annual Pastel 100 Exhibition, The Pastel Journal

“Concerning The Figure”, Aliya Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2000

Allied Artists of America 88th Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York, NY

28th Annual Pastel Society of America Exhibit, National Arts Club, NY

The 1st Annual Pastel 100 Exhibition, The Pastel Journal

1999 Pastel Society of America Exhibit, National Arts Club, New York, NY

“On Reflection”, Anthony Ardavin Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1998

Southeastern Pastel Society International Exhibition, Atlanta, GA

The Taos Gallery, Taos, NM

1997

“The Female Figure”, The Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, FL

1996

American Artists Professional League, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

Degas Pastel Society, New Orleans, LA

Pastel Society of America, National Arts Club, New York, NY

1993

Pastel Society of New Mexico International Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM

Northwest Pastel Society International Exhibition, Seattle, WA

San Diego Art Institute National Exhibition, San Diego, CA

Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Show, National Arts Club, New York, NY

1992

Pastel Society of America, National Arts Club, New York, NY

“Figurative Small Works Exhibit”, The Armory, West Palm Beach, FL

“The Florida National”, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL


SELECTED SOLO AND 2-3 PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2012 “Environments,” River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN

2010 River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN

2007 River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN • Aliya Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2006 Aliya Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2005 River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN • Aliya Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2004 Aliya Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2003 16 Patton Gallery, Asheville, NC

2002 River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN • 16 Patton, Asheville, NC  

2001 River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN • Aliya Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2000 Aliya Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1999 Anthony Ardavin Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1998 River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN • Aliya Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1997 Aliya/Ardavin Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1995 Goodyear Cottage, Jeckyll Island, GA • Trinity Arts Group, Atlanta, GA

1993 Aaron Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1992 Gallery MSL, Tula, Atlanta, GA • Mercer University, Atlanta, GA


WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR

Alabama Pastel Society

Amelia Island Workshops, Fernandina Beach, FL

Appalachian Pastel Society

Artensity Workshops, Florence, Italy

Art in the Open 2013, Wexford, Ireland

Art League of Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach, FL,

Art League of the Sandhills, Aberdeen, NC

Association of Visual Artists, Chattanooga, TN

The Bascom Center, Highlands, NC

The Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN

Chastain Art Center, City of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Chicago Pastel Painters, Chicago, IL

Crealde Art Center, Winter Park, FL

Creative Arts Center, Chatham, MA

Easton Studio & School, Easton, MD

Hudson River Valley Art Workshops, Greenville, NY

The Huntsville Art League, Huntsville, AL

International Association of Pastel Societies, Albuquerque, NM

La Bonne Etoile, Fontaine-Fourches, France

Maryland Pastel Society

Pastel Society of Cape Cod, MA

Pastel Society of Canada, Toronto

Pastel Society of New Jersey

Pastel Society of Eastern Canada, Montreal

Pastel Society of the Southwest

Pastel Society of Vermont

Richeson School of Art, Kimberly, WI

Scottsdale Artists School, Scottsdale, AZ

Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, AZ

Southeastern Pastel Society, Atlanta, GA

Spruill Art Center, Atlanta, GA

Terry Ludwig Studio, Littleton, CO

Wenmohs Ranch Studio, Cypress Mills, TX

Wethersfield Art Center, Wethersfield, CT

Willow Wisp Art Studios, Asheville, NC


EDUCATION

Jim Richards • Kevin Beilfuss • Carolyn Anderson • Randall Sexton • Ken Auster •

Kim English • Marc Chatov • Kate Fetterolf • The Atlanta College of Art • Roman Chatov


JUROR

Pastel Society of Tampa Bay, 2014

Degas Pastel Society, 2014

Pastel Society of the Southwest, 2014

Atlanta Artists Center, 2014

International Association of Pastel Societies, 2014

Pastel Society of the West Coast, 2012

Pastel Society of Eastern Canada, 2012

Pastel Journal “Pastel 100” Figurative Category, 2011

Pastel Society of North Florida, 2010

Atlanta Fine Arts League, 2010

National League of American Pen Women, Atlanta 2010

Southeastern Pastel Society Members Exhibition, 2003


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