My work translates the traditional deep space of landscape into abstracted, formal relationships. I am interested in how simple constructs evoke space. Flatness and surface are continually referenced but the play of figure/ground and the overlap of mark and color suggest dimension.


Nature inspires my paintings. They start from a grid formed by the horizontal line of the horizon and the vertical line of both gravity and growth. Out of the vastness of nature the paintings seek an intimate, private space for the viewer.


The paintings are constructed not conceived. The materials guide my process. Chance plays a role, distancing my trained hand and encouraging a personal remove from the work. The challenge is to keep an honest and open response to subsequent mark-making allowing specificity and consideration but without calculation.

Margaret Watson

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