Margaret Crowley is a representational and figurative painter. She expresses her ideas through the luminosity of watercolor and the corporeality of oil. She is fluent in pencil, ink, acrylic, egg tempera, oil and watercolor. Originally a portrait painter, Margaret Crowley’s work has evolved to explore the space between the representational and the abstract. The theme of Margaret’s most recent work is a response to the manufactured modern beauty paradigm. She expresses her love/loath relationship with the beauty and fashion industries through the careful repainting of crumpled pages from fashion magazines. She communicates a reclamation of her own power through cathartic moments of subversive humor. Margaret’s virtuosity with paint, the large scale of her work and the resulting illusion deconstructs the damaging, distorted, unnatural and unattainable fantasy of the modern beauty industry.
Margaret has won numerous awards for her work. She has exhibited in over one hundred juried exhibitions during her career. She has been featured in American Artist Watercolor Magazine, International Artist Magazine and Northlight Magazine. Her work has been published in the book, Best of Watercolor 2 (Rockport Publishers). She is a lifetime Signature Member of the Florida Watercolor Society.
Margaret Crowley received her BS in Commercial Design with a minor in Industrial Arts at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. She received her MFA with concentrations in painting and visual arts at Florida Atlantic University. She is an Adjunct Professor at FAU, teaching figure drawing. Margaret currently teaches figure painting and watercolor at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.