Born in Perth W.A.


  • Studied Art (Illustration) at the Royal Melbourne Technical College (RMIT) under the tutelage of Murray Griffin, William Frater and Harold Freedman 1957 – 1960.
  • Studied Italian at the University for Foreigners in Florence 1964.
  • Studied oil painting at the Victorian Artists Society and Malvern Artists Society under Shirley Bourne OAM 1972 – 1973.


  • Solo exhibition, oils, Abacus Gallery, Ashburton 1976.
  • Water colour exhibition with fibre artist, Dorothy Payne,Highway Gallery, Mt Waverley 1983.
  • Water colour portraits were hung in the Portia Geach Memorial Award Exhibition, Sydney 1993, 1994, 1997.
  • Exhibits in solo and group exhibitions.


  • Signatory member of the Victorian Artists Society. Member of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society Inc.
  • Was an Assistant to the State Artist Harold Freedman, the History of Transport Mural and the History of Geelong Mosaic 1977 – 1978.
  • Artist in Residence, Melbourne Grammar School 1992.
  • Taught water colour and life drawing. Conducted painting tours to mainland Italy and Sicily 1993 – 2009.
  • Painted in Sicily and Northern Italy September and November 2013.
  • Painted in Thailand October 2014.
  • An assistant to Artist, Fern Smith – “The Sea is Sinking”, a Community Immersive Installation using recycled, non- toxic and compostable materials 2019.
  • Is a watercolour painter and paints and draws en plein air and in the studio from the subject.


In private and public collections in Australia and overseas.


  • More than Just Gumtrees”, Juliet Peers 1994.
  • Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors; Dawn Revival Press.
  • The Australian Encyclopedia of Art”, Alan McCulloch, Revised 1994. Alan and Unwin.
  • 90 Years of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society” 2008 TMPS.Mavericks and Masters” Centenary of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society 1918 – 2018 TMPS.


  • Artist of the Year, Victorian Artists Society 1990, 1992.
  • Special Award” AME Bale Trust 1988.



View a gallery of works by Margaret Cowling.


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