Nature and Design
As a native of Colorado, Margaret Donharl’s contemporary painting is inspired by nature and design. Her intention is to cause a spark of imagination and emotional response in the viewer while creating connections to the natural world.
She works in fast drying acrylics which enable her to build layers of pattern and texture using glazes and stencils that she designs and cuts herself. The painting evolves intuitively as she adds and subtracts elements before realistically rendering her key image to complete the final layer.
Through this process of layering symbolism with realism, the painting emerges, interpreting the natural world beyond conventional appearance while exploring the beauty of nature’s universal rhythms. The meaning of the piece is subjective – metaphorically suggested by the layered images while freeing viewers to interpret the work from their own wells of experience and memories, giving it added meaning.
At the age of five, Margaret Donharl fell in love with a set of colored pencils that magically became watercolors when painted over with a brush-full of water. She explored and expanded that creative path, obtaining her BFA in commercial art before pursuing her career path as a graphic designer and illustrator in Boulder, Colorado. Eventually, Margaret returned to the reason she pursued art in the first place – a love of painting. She has rediscovered her delight in the magic that happens when layering luminous color with texture and pattern.
Margaret Donharl’s paintings have recently won awards at the Boulder Art Association/Longmont Art Guild June Art Show. Her painting “Magpie Memory,” won 1st Place in the Acrylic category in 2011, “Zinnia Exhulting” , 3rd place in 2012, and “Queen Anne’s Artifacts”, 2nd place in 2013. Please visit her studio during Boulder’s Open Studio’s Tour the first two weekends in October.
Learn more about Margaret’s work by hearing her talk at: 88 88ArtLook (888-827-8566) and enter ArtNumber 0021 www.8888ArtLook.com.
Boulder, CO 80304