Margaret Sloan is endlessly fascinated by people, stating that “they are mysteries, slightly frightening, overwhelmingly powerful, and often indecipherable.”
She looks for moments when the “public mask“—the face that hides our true selves—falls away, and the private self-peeks out. That is when she finds people most intriguing.
The ability of watercolor to be both transparent and opaque makes it a perfect medium and metaphor for painting portraits. While the materials needed are simple; a couple of brushes, pigment, paper, and water, the medium is complex and unpredictable. Water, pigment, and paper have their own dialogue, and mindfulness is needed for the painter to hear it.
As a Theatre Arts major from Humboldt State University, Margaret has designed stage makeup, made masks, written stories, taught drawing to children in Mexico, made magazines, and painted portraits. She studied painting with Steve Curl and Felicia Forte, and life drawing with Rob Anderson. She divides her time between Santa Clara Valley and the west face of the Sierra. When she is not painting or drawing, she can be found playing the Irish flute.
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