Margaret is a designer, illustrator and Lake Country artist who has been exhibiting work in the Lake Country area since 1995. She has displayed her work at Lake Country ArtWalk, the District offices, the Regional District Library, and in local businesses.
She has been a member of the ArtWalk Planning Committee, Arts Council, and Arts Advisory Board to the District Council. In 2004, Margaret raised $4000 for the rebuilding of the Kettle Valley Trestles by creating and selling a poster with an image she had painted prior to the fire. She has also donated her art for various other fundraisers.
Born and raised in the Okanagan Valley, she now lives in the ward of Okanagan Centre with her author, editor husband, Michael Schwartzentruber. Margaret works in her studio in Lake Country, teaches watercolour and acrylic painting, and promotes art as a health-giving activity.
The world of nature inspires me creatively and I feel a deep connection to the earth and all of creation. I am in accord with the quote attributed to Chief Seattle, “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together.”
I work intuitively and meditatively after drawing or imagining the painting I hope to create. If I am working in watercolor I splash on light washes of Aureolin, Alizaron Crimson, and Cobalt Blue and let them mix together on the paper. If I am working in acrylic I do the same but with thicker brush strokes of acrylic medium and a wider range of pigments. It is a very exciting part of the painting because it is a creative process that is not controlled by me and lays the groundwork for what comes next.
Two things seem to be part of my work in either watercolor or acrylic medium - color and light. I realize there are many disturbing things that are a reality of our world but I hope to overcome this by showing the beauty and spirit that dwells in each blade of grass, in each person's face, and in everything that is.
My subject matter comes from discoveries along the shoreline and lanes in the quiet rural community of Lake Country that borders Okanagan Lake and many other smaller lakes. I am aware that nothing stays the same forever and what I value and treasure in this area may change or disappear so I hope to honor it and preserve it in art. This is the same impetus for my current series based on the theme "transition."
2015 -- Lake Country Art Gallery Member Show (juried)
2014 -- Under 100 (juried)
2014 -- Lake Country ArtWalk (juried)
2014 -- Lake Country Coffee House (February)
2013 -- Under 100 -- Lake Country Art Gallery (juried)
2013 -- Lake Country ArtWalk (juried)
2013 -- Lake Country District Offices
2013 -- Lake Country Art Gallery Member Show (juried)
2012 -- Lake Country ArtWalk (juried)
2012 -- Lake Country Art Gallery Member Show (juried)
2011 -- Under 100 -- Lake Country Art Gallery (juried)
2011 -- Member's Show at Lake Country Art Galley
2011 -- Lake Country ArtWalk (juried)
2011 -- Kelowna Art Gallery Member's Show -- "On the Path to Abstraction"
2010 -- Under 100 - Lake Country Art Gallery (juried)
2010 -- Lake Country ArtWalk (juried)
2010 -- Inaugural Show at the Lake Country Art Gallery
2008 -- District of Lake Country Offices
2004 -- Lake Country ArtWalk (juried)
2003 -- The Barn Gallery, Oyama
2003 -- Lake Country ArtWalk (juried)
2002 -- Pine Tree Art Collective guest artist, Kelowna
2002 -- Lake Country ArtWalk (juried)
2001 -- Lake Country ArtWalk (juried)
2000 -- Lake Country ArtWalk (juried)
2000 -- Kelowna Regional District Offices
1999 -- Winfield Regional Library
1999 -- Lake Country ArtWalk (juried)
1996 -- Watercolour Group Show, Sorrento Centre
Children’s Book Illustrations