Margaret says: Currently I paint and write, but formerly I was a photographer. My medium changed after a very bad traffic accident in 2007 hospitalized me for a month. The recovery process prevented me from making the art I used to make. I didn't have the physical strength necessary to work in the dark room and to wrangle the large scale Fuji paper boxes. (I was old school and printed all my own work.) So because of my physical limitations I started painting and writing. Both creative outlets I could perform in my studio apartment.
In many ways my accident simplified my life. It boiled down my focus and priorities. Now in my work I concentrate on color. I care about the relationships of color and the experimentation of mixing and applying different hues and tones to bring something to life in the paintings.
My painting process mostly consists of mixing color and applying it to the wood panels with either a roller or spatula. All my pieces are built up with many layers. At the end of my painting process I complete the work with a gloss layer of a polymer compound. I find this brings out a certain depth to the colors.
Gitane is a brand of French cigarettes, I just love the sound of the word and the packaging is blue. My titling process is very stream of consciousness.