"This is a painting of the annual dory race in Lunenburg N.S. These traditional fishing boats were used in coastal waters and in the open ocean and were widely built from Long Island South to Nova Scotia. Lunenburg is a UNESCO world heritage site and this event helps preserve the history of dory rowing. The artist is both from Lunenburg and has been a participant in this event. Margaret Louise has a classical education in painting and draws upon her home setting to create an active visual experience on canvas. The painting begins with loose, thin layers of paint which are applied with big gestures that do not consider the image that will the overlaid. Working from a found image and from memory the images slowly gets build up over the already activated canvas. The artist uses the unplanned marks from loose gestural painting to find shapes and patterns that she works into the composition to complete the image."
This painting is made from a reference photo of a flood in the rural Maritimes. The painting's marks are very deliberate and planned resulting in a crisp image. Within the grid shown, one section was painted at a time at random and separate colours were mixed for the same purpose but by using the right tone it functions correctly and results in greater visual interest.
The painting “Man in a Boat” is a large work that was made over a 5 month period. It is an image of a man rowing a dory with his dog in front of a red building; a tradition maritime scene. The marks in the painting are fractured and the quality of the paint is displayed by the splashes, drips and dry brush strokes.
The “Pink Houses” painting is loosely based off of a photo of an island in Iceland. The florescent pink paint and a loose sketch were used as the starting point. The rest was completed accordingly made up of many marks and brush strokes that don't connect but still result in a cohesive image.