Margo sketching at Hubbell Trading Post     

Margo lives in the beautiful red rock country of northern Arizona. Raised in a rural area east of Phoenix, her favorite painting subjects are animals, particularly horses, birds and cattle, and landscapes. Many of her works include domestic animals interacting with people.

Although art was her favorite school subject, it wasn’t until 1997 that she began to pursue her long-postponed ambition to paint. After studying for two years with reputed oil and pastel painter Richard McKinley, Margo began to create original oil paintings. She continues to refine her technique while attending occasional workshops with nationally recognized artists such as Albert Handell and Pam Ingalls.

Margo’s personal style of painting is greatly influenced by the art she has admired in museums and galleries in Europe and America. In particular, The Hague School of Art, which often focuses on barnyard animals, encouraged her to pursue those subjects that most appealed to her. The works of early American Impressionists such as Willard Metcalf continue to inspire her, as well as does the work of Southwest artist James Reynolds.

In October of 2012 Margo spent two weeks at Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site in northeastern Arizona as Artist-In-Residence. Her painting "Hubbell Hogan", included on this website, was a result of this experience, as well as several of the Hubbell chickens and the resident horses on the site.

Margo enjoyed the Hubbell so much that she was accepted as Artist-In-Residence at Petrified Forest National Park in the summer of 2014. It was another great two week "art escape", which resulted in 8 small oil paintings and a good start on "Badlands", her gift to the park for their hospitality.

Margo is a member of Oil Painters of America. Her paintings can be seen at the Sedona Art Center. Her work has been featured in Southwest Art and Horses in Art magazines.

Contact Margo at ml.mitchell62@gmail.com.

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