“Paint what you love”
Marguerite knew she was an artist for life by the age of six. Recognized and rewarded throughout all levels of school, she excelled in formal art studies, including post- secondary life drawing, still life, and fundamentals of design. Her parents, who themselves had painted together, nurtured her creative expression, and her father frequently bought her art supplies, including a book on how to draw portraits, which became her specialty by age 17.
Marguerite’s first decade of adulthood was full of charcoal portraiture : in exhibits, markets, malls, sidewalks, and private sales. From caricatures to formal portraits, Marguerite has literally drawn multiple hundreds of people, mostly in charcoal, but also in chalk , pencil crayons, watercolor, acrylics, and graphite. When she joined an Artists and Writers group of about 30 members, called Artistic License, a focus group of Langley Vineyard Church, inspiration was shared and spilled into advanced watercolor lessons, joint exhibits, and monthly gatherings. At that time, she also did children’s training material, children’s books, and wall murals For two years,
Marguerite made chalkboard art on menu boards for restaurants in Vancouver BC and vicinity.
Marrying her best friend, she began a family and art was limited to appointed times, like during church meetings where people gathered to worship with music and the inspiring atmosphere made a wonderful setting for painting a canvas on the stage so many could see the progression of the life-giving image.
During her years mothering four children, she taught several art classes. At the age of 37, during a conference about life purpose, Marguerite perceived revelation about her art and that it would be a visual pathway for people to glimpse God, but also that there was more training in store with magical color mixing. An artistic retreat to Norway and France, was a beginning for the learning. Then right there in her own neighborhood appeared a mentor named Robert T. Barrett who taught Marguerite the “Michelangelo” method of getting the black and white down first and applying many layers of color glazes in oils. With Robert’s patience, guidance and studio, she was able to really focus and began to create paintings with rich, depth.
Recently, Marguerite has joined Robert in sharing the Walnut Grove Atelier and Gallery. Where their art works is on display along with other talented Artists.