Donharl, Margaret

Studio #102

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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.

“Upcycling”:   repurposing used items into new things that are functional and beautiful.    
As an avid recycler, I try to reuse and reclaim whatever I can. I paint on recycled hardwood doors from the salvage yard. Beyond keeping usable materials out of the landfill, I’m following a centuries old tradition of painting on wood panels because of their durability.   Since my panels have been milled, they are essentially pre-framed and ready to hang -- another bonus of recycling.