Nature inspires my paintings. Out of the vastness of nature the paintings seek an intimate, private space for the viewer.

They start from a grid formed by the horizontal line of the horizon and the vertical line of both gravity and growth. Rather than painting landscapes through a viewpoint of traditional deep space, I use abstracted forms and relationships to create a flattened visual field. 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.

 The paintings are constructed not conceived. materials and color 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

July 2019

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