Welcome to MargArt

 
 

I can be described as a folk artist and innovator when it comes to the mosaic integration of remembered treasures. My vision is to see how discarded items may become transformed and recycled– weaving old, new, commonplace or abandoned materials into my art forms and often complementing my mosaics with original oil or acrylic paintings.


My success is due to the unique and non-traditional mosaic process I developed in the 1990’s. My style incorporates dense compositions of various metals with international art, aged hardware, spiritual treasures, southwestern icons, and other mixed media components.  I call my medium “Mixed Metal Mosaics.”  Baling wire, bullet casings, bones, vintage jewelry, natural gems and stones, cowboy gear, and horseshoes from our Redbird Ranch are recycled to create a true mixed media folk art – all with an authentic Arizona twist. Woven into paintings, frames, mirrors, tables, and religious objects, my art ingredients take on a sculptural quality with 3-dimensional textures and varied whimsical themes.


Born in Rochester, NY in 1960, I always had a passion for art, exploring drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics. My artistic quest and appreciation of the Sonoran desert took me to Arizona State University where I earned a Bachelor of Architecture and worked in the field of Architecture for several years.


After graduation my family and I settled in Scottsdale, AZ. In this beautiful desert environment we designed and hand-built our home naming it “Redbird Ranch.”  Always a ‘work in progress,’ inspiration for my art is as easy as a walk around the Ranch. Here, we have joyfully raised our son and daughter, four mules, one horse, and for now, four energetic dogs.


After moving to our desert home, I prioritized my children’s education, co-founding our school district’s first Parent Teacher Organization. Years of classroom and District volunteering led me to obtain my Post-Baccalaureate in Education from Rio Salado College and AZ State certification. I then taught art for the Cave Creek Unified School District at the elementary and secondary levels. In 2006, I transitioned into a full time art career so that I could concentrate on throwing my own creative lasso.


I enjoy sharing my love of all things artistic so I continue teaching. I currently teach art and hold workshops at Brio Fine Arts Center and The Loft Gallery in Scottsdale. I am also available for private instruction and workshops in mosaics, drawing, and painting. My ranch or yours!


You may view my artwork at Adelante, The Loft Gallery and Brio Fine Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona; the Mas Y Mas Gallery in Tubac, Arizona; and Will Wyatt’s in Overland Park, Kansas. Clients are welcomed to contact me at margart@earthlink.net, and additional artworks may be viewed at:


http://gallery.briofinearts.com/ArtistBio.aspx?artist=8.