Margaret E. Wilson currently resides in New Britain, CT. She received a B.S in Studio Art from Skidmore College and a Masters in Art Therapy & Creativity Development from Pratt Institute. For years, she worked professionally as an art therapist, and then moved into the field of hospital mental health administration — this allowed her to return to her own painting. Margaret has had several solo shows over the years, but most recently has been actively involved in the Canton Artist’s Guild and the Art League of New Britain, participating in many group shows at both venues. She has also shown at the New Britain Museum of American Art, in both the members’ juried show and winner of the Dan North plein air competition at NBMAA.
Recently, Margaret has demonstrated a return to the traditional tenets of her art training with works that focus on the figure and the landscape. The basic foundation of her work is grounded in art therapy, with the belief that all art is psychological: its core challenge is to deal simultaneously with intellectual problem solving and intuitive play. Before 2007, her work had been primarily abstract and expressionistic. In 2007, she returned to the figure and attempted to imbue the plane with the expression that had been missing or latent in the abstractions. In 2008, she discovered the medium of oil, and the adventure and challenge inherent in plein air painting. These newer works represent that experimentation and continued exploration.
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