Oregon artist, Margret
E. Short, specializes in still life and floral subjects
in oils. After a 10 week painting trip to Italy in 2005,
she added landscapes to her long list of subject matter.
Short is a Master Signature Member of American
Women Artists and a Signature Member of
Oil Painters of America, a member of the Salmagundi
Club in New York. Three times Margret has been awarded
top prize at Salmagundi Club Exhibits in New York City, once
in 1998, in 2005, and 2010.
In 1998 Ms. Short won the Director’s Purchase
Prize at the National Small Oil Painting Exhibit in
Wichita. Short has captured many other awards including the Grumbacher
Gold Medallion at the 1999 Oil Painters of
America Exhibit in Scottsdale, AZ.
In 2003 Ms Short was a featured artist on the Award winning Oregon Public Broadcasting, Oregon Art Beat, three times; in 2003, again in 2006, and 2007.
In 2004 The Parker Company, based in Boston, chose Margret Short as the 2004 Featured Artistfor the Undiscovered Italy 2005 Edition.
Captivated by Rembrandt’s bling, Margret Short produced her splendid 2007 series, Lessons from the Low Countries. This project was inspired by the color palettes of eleven select paintings in the exhibit, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art, which traveled to three U.S. cities in 2006/2007. Ms. Short replicated 17 th century paints for her collection by hand grinding each pigment. Luscious colors, with magical names like lapis lazuli, cinnabar, malachite, and azurite, are the focus of each bountiful still life. This entire project can be viewed at www:margretshort.typepad.com with detailed documentation including historical pigment research and images of all completed paintings. Not only are the colors reproduced, Short also quoted, quite accurately, sections of each original work in her paintings in a game of hide and seek. This nearly sold out exhibit was presented in Portland, Oregon in June 2007.
Lessons from the Pharaoh's Tomb Part
One and Two are her
latest bodies of work in her Lessons Series. These projects
were inspired by a trip to Egypt in January 2009.
The new paintings will feature imagery and pigments used since
3500 BC. During 2009 similarities between historical pigments
used in tombs and temples from antiquity will be compared
to that of the much later Golden Age of Dutch Art.