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Artist ID: 2386

Feeding My Soul Off The Roads Less Traveled
My Inspiration comes from the back roads where my soul-filling creativity blooms. Paintings are born where life has slowed to a snail’s pace. A measure of comfort comes from the predictability of a line of weathered fence posts, one after another standing strong as generations of my past. Being able to explore the land, meet the people and experience the daily “grind” that instilled determination, courage and perseverance into past generations brings me fulfillment . This is what I seek to express through my artwork.

My passion for the land can be seen through a strong , rich color palette which unites the mountains and valleys. Being a good steward of the land makes me relate to the mountains that cradle the valleys as they appear to be guardians of the lives so richly lived there. Coming from generations of farmers for whom land is sacred, my need to be one with the land runs deep. My devotion to it can be seen in the beautiful vistas, relaxing waters, animals and crops, all working in harmony through textures, colors, sounds and life-giving properties.

My desire is to share the elegance of living a life through the simplest of pleasures. I take notice of the “weed” flowers, intense color of the sky and the mountainside breezes that kiss my face as I gaze into the distance. Simplicity is anything but ordinary: it can be exceptional and bring a heart-warming calmness which is expressed in my work.

Take the roads less traveled, there are treasures in the grassy tracks.

Margaret’s love for wide open spaces was fed early on by growing up in Iowa. She found energy in the big skies, massive blowing winds and the bending of crops over the rolling hills all of which drew her to the subject of landscapes. Her representational and post-impressionist style has a commanding use of strong colors and visual textures. A sense of energy and life are brought to her landscapes using contrasting colors. She loves the bang that a small spot of color can create even in the largest of works.

Iowa State University is where she obtained a BFA in Graphic Design. While running her own freelance graphics company in Huntsville, Alabama Margaret’s desire for the fine arts expanded. In 2010 she actively returned to her first affection of painting. She works in oils to be close to nature and loves its slow drying period, strong colors and longevity. Dukeman has had solo exhibitions in Ireland and the United States. Her work hangs in private collections around Ireland, England, and Norway, as well as the states.

While researching family genealogy, Margaret was drawn to Ireland. While in residency for two months a year, she spends time walking the Irish countryside and sitting on rocks, feeling the sea breezes kiss her face all to become closer to the land. Her closeness to the land has brought her to the place she is today. Her work is a creative translation of her feelings for the land. Her hope would be that you are able to feel the breezes and sense the passion that she brings to each brush stroke and intense color.

Margaret now translates her childhood love of
wide-open spaces & free-blowing winds to works of art.

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