The mighty splendor of the Ottawa River and the ever-changing moods of the Gatineau Hills are the signature theme of the award winning artist Margaret Chwialkowska. In her mesmerizing oil paintings, fantastical colors and dramatic textures transform familiar riverbanks into emotional soulscapes. She wants to capture the feeling of being overwhelmed by the natural, almost magical beauty of a landscape. Margaret paints alla prima, blending pigments on canvas with a palette knife. This technique permits a loose, spontaneous style allowing textures to evolve naturally.
Born and educated in Poland, Margaret has lived in Canada since 1979 and continues to be moved by the power and richness of the North American landscape. She has painted landscapes in the Northwest Territories, Ontario’s lake country, and southern California.
She wants her art to be positive, free, beautiful and romantic – something you cannot live without. She is represented by Art Galleries and her works are in private and corporate collections in Canada, US and Europe.
Margaret is a loyal supporter of the Ottawa Riverkeeper, an organization dedicated to protecting the ecological health and future of the Ottawa River. Her Art Studio Tour-Fundraiser became a celebrated annual event.
“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” (Claude Monet)
CURRENT & UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
August 6 - September 7 - Back to Work, Foyer Gallery, Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue,Ottawa, ON. http://foyergallery.com/
August 9 - Art in Strathcona Park, Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Strathcona Park, Laurier Avenue & Range Road, Ottawa, ON. http://micaontario.com/news_events.php
August 16 - Art on the Farm, Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, Aboretum of the Central Experimantal Farm, east of the Prince of Wales,
Ottawa, ON. http://www.friendsofthefarm.ca/events.htm
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