Maritime

When I was in high school, aside from being a portrait painter, I was completely stuck on painting work that depicts, boats, ships and anything Maritime! I had a friend, Kevin Dolan, who had traveled through Alaska in a V.W. Bus (Classic) with one of his best friends. When they returned he threw me an old, corduroy cap, with a Salty Dawg Saloon (located in Homer Alaska) patch stitched on it and said “Margie, This town is filled with boats and artists! Perfect for you!” I headed for Homer Alaska from San Francisco, California in 1997 and have lived and thrived here, raised kids, and have worked with some amazing artists by my side for the last 21 years, Thanks, Kevin!

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Heavy Metal

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay area, I lived in a hot suburban dairy town. On Sunday afternoons, we bought glass bottled six packs of milk, while passing old trucks, dirt roads, and tree lots spacing homes. By my teen years, the town that I had grown up in was spotless, paved, and the curb appeal removed every metal object that wasn’t bran new from front yards. I longed for the flavor of my youth. At college, in S.F., I found myself drawing kids in their pajamas, hair full of knots, playing in their front yard on their abandoned skiffs and rusted trucks. I was then drawn to Alaska for romance and adventure, only to find an abundance of rusted metal and unbrushed children. This “Heavy Metal” idea came to me 15 years ago, when I arrived in Homer, and took until this year to bring to fruition. I love the juxtaposition of masculine metal and feminine sunsets and wildflowers.

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