Margaret Dean

Artist Biography


“My involvement with the “Plein Air” tradition actually started many years ago as an undergraduate student. Although we didn’t use that terminology at the time, the outdoor painting classes required by the art department were definitely my initiation to creating on location. I was intrigued from the start, and now prefer that methodology almost exclusively. Nothing else even comes close to inspiring me in the same way.

The fluidity of oil paints with their translucency and richness of color is such a perfect medium for this approach. I need to make decisions quickly and yet have the opportunity for all those “corrections” that follow. Often I struggle, not just with the elements themselves but with the challenge to “capture” that moment in time.

When the timing is right, when the many facets of this challenging medium come together I feel successful. It is with with great anticipation that I approach the next painting location and the opportunity to share with others a part of my personal observations and experiences. I invite you to enjoy the fruits of my artistic journey and become a part of the creative process.”

An award winning artist, Margaret has participated in numerous exhibits both locally on the Connecticut shoreline as well as on the national level. Her work can be found in countless private and corporate collections. As a participant in the artist in residence program in Dinan, France, awarded by Les Amiies de la Grand Vignes, Margaret’s work is part of their private collection as well.

On the national level, she is a member of the American Impressionists Society and the Oil Painters of America. She is currently serving as president of the Connecticut Plein air Painters Society. In addition she is an elected member of the Lyme Art Association, the New Haven Paint and Clay Society and the Connecticut Women Artists.


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