The exhibition “Voices of the Land” features paintings in a representational and post-impressionistic style concentrating on the inspiration Margaret acquires from the back roads, where her soul-filling creativity blooms. The paintings are born where life has slowed to a snail’s pace and lines of weathered fence posts, one after another stand securely as generations of her past. Exploring the land, meeting the people and experiencing the daily “grind” instills determination, courage and perseverance. Her works echo these feelings through broad strokes, bold colors and big skies like a passion for the land of past generations.
Margaret’s passion and appreciation for the land is brought to these creations, through generations of farmers as far back as her Great Great Great Grandparents John and Margaret Shea. Her grandparents emigrated to the states in the 1840’s. He mined for a short period and then purchased beautiful black farm land in Northern Illinois where he and Margaret settled. The home they built still stands 170 years later as a monument to his Irish determination and grit. Their sacrifice is not lost on the generations of family that follow.
Born in the farmlands of Iowa, United States, Margaret loved the wide open spaces and strong blowing winds. She studied art at Iowa State University and acquired a BFA in graphic design. She ran a freelance graphic design business for fifteen years while painting on the side. Around 2010 she returned to her passion of painting full-time bringing her love for the land to her work through landscapes. She is drawn to oils due to their closeness with nature, slow-drying period, strong colors and longevity. Margaret has presented solo exhibitions in the States and Ireland. Her work hangs in private collections in England, Norway, Holland, Ireland and the United States.