Though I started painting years ago, I am still inspired by nature and the organic shapes and graphic impact of everyday objects around me. In fact, my training and career as a graphic designer influence the composition of my work. I use light and dark colors to create movement and cause the eye to move through my paintings of everything from flowers and the ocean to bold graphic shapes. With the careful placement of shapes, I also work to create a unified image on the canvas.
I have a deep appreciation for Van Gogh and other painters who use paint with weight in their strokes to create movement and direction. Their style has influenced my method. Most of my paintings are created with a palette knife as I work to create that same sense of movement and emotion.
I create art because I believe that the ability to do so is a gift God has given me. The Bible states that we are created in His image and He is The Creator. Therefore, we are all designed with a capacity to create. As humans, we build, we write, we decorate our homes, we garden and we produce new products – all an extension of our nature to create. And when we do what we are created to do, we are worshipping God. I believe that the Creator takes great pleasure in this. For many years, I didn’t think that making my art was important. Once I realized that my painting not only brought me joy, but also pleased Him, it became important to me to take up my brushes and palette knives.
Margret R. Courtney
God gave me this gift, and I must do something with it.
Margret R. Courtney
Margret R. Courtney is a painter, working in oils, acrylics and pastels. She also creates mixed media/collage art using acrylic paint, paper and various objects. Margret is inspired by nature; she likes to hike, watch birds, garden and just be outdoors. These contribute greatly to the creation of her work.
Margret graduated Buffalo State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Design (with a concentration in Illustration) in 1984. Much of the course work included fine art classes. Margret pursued a career in graphic design, but continued to do fine art as she had the time. She began taking drawing and painting classes at the Middletown Arts Center in 1997. While there, she experimented with different techniques and mediums and her style transitioned from detailed to more abstract.
Margret has participated in juried art exhibitions throughout the Cincinnati, OH area. These include shows at the The Mohawk Gallery, Pop Revolution, Middletown Arts Center, the Evendale Fine Art Show, the Hyde Park Square Art Show and the Art Affaire in Milford. Margret won the first place painting award for her “Crick or Creek” landscape at the Middletown Arts Center. She showed three paintings in the “Spirit of Place” exhibit at Gallery South, and two paintings in the “Spark” summer exhibit at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, both located in Cincinnati. She participated in Petcasso 2015, an art show and sale benefiting Pets in Need of Greater Cincinnati. Margret showed her divinely inspired painting, “White As Snow”, at The Mohawk Gallery in Cincinnati and took part in the “Reflections” show at Pop Revolution gallery in Mason.
Margret was born in Buffalo, NY and has been living and working in the Cincinnati, OH area for over 30 years. She currently resides in Loveland, OH where she creates her art in her home studio.