Margaret McWethy is an Impressionist painter with a lifelong interest in art and the natural world. She paints the scenes that surround her, but her real subjects are the brilliance of light and the rhythms of nature. Margaret studied art history and biology at Swarthmore College. Since graduating in 1977 she has sought teachers who base their art on training, careful observation, and understanding. Master colorist, Henry Hensche, nationally known portrait artist Cedric Egeli, Impressionist, John Ebersberger, and sculptors David Farrell and Stephen Perkins have all been influential teachers who have helped Margaret learn the skills and discipline needed to express her personal view of nature.
Though their mediums are different - drawing, painting and three-dimensional form - their philosophies are similar: only through diligent development of vision can truth be re-created.
Margaret McWethy - Spring Green (11 by 14) $1200 Close-up
The pursuit of knowledge to enhance her “seeing” of the world has become an ongoing journey for Margaret. Margaret’s background in the sciences tends to make her approach a blend of the analytical and intuitive.
"I like the idea of reducing things to parts to see how they work, then reconstructing and editing. Not with the object of reducing things to formulas but to reach some real understanding with which one can then begin to create. Lately, I’ve been exploring the small landscape of the still life. I enjoy the intimacy of the relationships."
Margaret, a native of Maryland, now lives and paints in Massachusetts. She teaches painting the Impressionist Still Life locally. She is a featured artist in the publications, Painting the Impressionist Landscape by Lois Griffel, Capturing Radiant Color in Oils by Susan Sarbeck, Painting the Impressionist Watercolor by Lee Boynton and is a charter member of the New England Plein Air Painters. Her work hangs in private collections in the United States and Europe.