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Margaret Donharl

Boulder, CO, USA


My process involves applying paint and glazes onto recycled hardwood doors using my own hand cut stencils. Building layers of luminous color, pattern, and organic forms creates a complex visual weave and provides textural backgrounds for my acrylic paintings. Early in the process, I work more intuitively with paint, adding and subtracting many elements to experiment with imagery. I’m interested in recording the accidents and erasures in the process and I remain open to the unexpected, the surprising. I may start with an original intention of what the painting will be, but, at some point, the background informs me of what the painting wants to be. While not attempting a literal portrayal, I always include realistic images in the final layers.


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