A Prince Edward County resident since 1999, Margaret McFetridge creates large, exuberant florals bursting with colour and joy, using big brushes and confident strokes. She grows almost all the flowers she paints, exhibiting the diaphanous, ethereal results in her 1880s Bloomin’ Barn carriage house in Wellington, Ontario.
A participant in the Prince Edward County Studio Tour (see above video), the PEC Arts Trail, 26 Atlantic Crossings and the Studios of Wellington Art Group, her paintings are on view from May through Thanksgiving in the Bloomin' Barn and by appointment during the winter months.
Born and raised in Toronto, as a six year old, Margaret attended the Art Gallery of Ontario art classes for children, and graduated from the art program Northern Secondary School in Toronto. She's lived in many different places in Ontario and Quebec.
As a resident of Burlington from 1979 to 1995, Margaret participated in many shows and art auctions at the Burlington Art Centre, the Hamilton Art Gallery and the Dundas Valley School of Art, focusing on watercolour, silk and porcelain painting. She discovered oil painting in the 1990s, loving the luxuriousness of the medium.
Margaret usually starts three paintings in different sizes of the same subject, painting very quickly “sketching” with a brush right onto the canvas.
If she gets bogged down with preliminary details she loses the passion and the paintings become static.
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"When the energy is flowing the brushes practically leap out of my fingers. I am very fortunate to be able to paint every day. My paintings are getting larger and larger, and have been described as diaphanous, ethereal and best of all joyous. I grow pretty well every flower I paint, but I’m not a gardener – the weeds win in August."
The Merrill Inn in Picton, Rosehall Run Winery and Sandbanks Provincial Park house her paintings. Others are in private collections in Canada, Europe and the United States. One of her paintings is at MayCourt Hospice in Ottawa.