Born in Perth W.A.
1957 – 1960 Margaret studied Art (Illustration) at the Royal Melbourne Technical College (RMIT) under the tutelage of Murray Griffin,
William Frater and Harold Freedman.
She worked as a freelance Illustrator, display and design artist and art Instructor before extensive overseas travel. She studied Italian at the University for Foreigners in Florence.
1972 and 1973 Margaret studied oil painting in Melbourne with Shirley Bourne OAM.
1976 First solo exhibition, Abacus Gallery (oils)
1983 First water colour exhibition with fibre artist, Dorothy Payne
1988 Margaret received the Special Award $10,000 AME Bale Trust.1990 and 1992 Artist of the Year at the Victorian Artists’ Society
1993, 1994 and 1997 Margaret’s water colour portraits were hung in the Portia Geach Memorial Award Exhibition, Sydney.
Magaret exhibits regularly in solo and group exhibitions.
- 1977 and 1978 Margaret was an assistant to the State Artist Harold Freedman on the History of Transport Mural and the History of Geelong Mosaic.
- 1992 she was Artist in Residence at Melbourne Grammar School
- Margaret has taught water colour, life drawing and workshops throughout Australia, is a member of the Twenty
- Melbourne Painters Society Inc., a signatory member of the Victorian Artists’ Society and a member of the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors Inc..
- She conducted painting tours to mainland Italy and Sicily for many years.
- Margaret’s current studio is in West Melbourne.
“Australian Artist Magazine” – June 1989 – “How to tackle figure painting in watercolour”
“Australian Watercolourist Painters: 1780 to the Present Day” – Jean Campbell
“Artists and Galleries of Australia” – Max Germaine 1990
“A Dictionary of Women Artists of Australia” – Max Germaine 1991
“More than Just Gum Trees” – Juliet Peers 1993
“The Australian Encyclopedia of Art” – Alan McCulloch 1994
“90 Years of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society” – TMPS 2008
“Mavericks and Masters” – Centenary of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society 1918- 2018
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