H Margret Arts
Paintings Prints Sculpture Video
“Captive Head Breaks Out” video – click the link at right- for 3 min vintage art video. Created in 1999, with a hand-drawn art storyline and original music, the video debuted at the Angel-Citi Indie Film Festival at CCA, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, 1999. Captive Head & other images available in prints on paper or canvas.
“No surprise really. The artist not only comes from a journalism background, she’s a visual artist in the bargain. Telling stories is natural to her, whatever the medium. The film Captive Head Breaks Out is based on a symbolic being called Captive Head…given that one character from her personal mythology has taken to the silver screen, one wonders if others will. H Margret, like a modern Homer, perhaps has been creating a new epic without realizing it.” Craig Smith, Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo
,,My art path began in the late 1970’s. Jobs came and went. Early media were pastels, conte, oil paint, paper and masonite. Later, I switched to acrylics for health safety. I showed at the Schubert Gallery in Albany, Oregon, in the 1980’s and Shirley Coffin was a key mentor. I owe much to her and her artist group. Seattle was my next stop…big city. Lots of shows, a few sales. Worked briefly for Dale Chihuly, the famous glass artist, at the Boathouse. I applied to 12 graduate schools for MFA work. All 12 rejected my applications. Some were famous schools like Cranbrook, Mills & RISD; I also applied to state schools. It was a crazy experience to be rejected by all after showing 7 times in a one year in Seattle galleries and creative venues and a painting used for an Intiman Theatre cover. Much later, I was told MFA’s were an “insider game” and you had to know art professors in the program you applied to. That was how they controlled who got MFAs.
Two years later I landed in Santa Fe, NM, and rented a 300 sq ft space on Canyon Road. It had hanging light bulbs– no track lights. Concrete floor and a scary kitchen didn’t bother me. I slept on a fold up futon couch and opened the studio to customers most days. Many artists lived in the small studios on Canyon Road then. We were friends and helped each other. I got good tips on how to ship art abroad, and places to buy packing materials.. I didn’t know yet that Santa Fe was a world-class art market but as art customers came, I found out they were from all over the world. Most of them truly loved art. They were not the billionaires or millionaire class that engulfed Canyon Road after 2001.
I worked & lived on Canyon Road for 10 years. Captive Head Breaks Out was created there. The American Pictures were painted in 1992. The flag series was painted in 2020 and 2022.
Couple, Bronze cast heads on 3 part moveable stands. 72″ tall, 7″ X 7″. Sold as pair.
Going Up! Acrylic/canvas, 30″ X 36″
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