About the Artist

Margaret Perry La Farge was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and attended Skidmore College for two years before transferring to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and majoring in sculpture. After graduating in 1974, she began working as a book illustrator for publishing companies such as Houghton Mifflin Co., Henry Holt and Company, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., and the Cambridge, Princeton, and Yale University Presses. During those years she also exhibited paintings and sculptures in galleries around New England and the Midwest. While raising a young family she taught woodworking at a private school and later received a masters degree in Education from the University of Maine in Orono. She decided to return to the studio full time in 2003. She currently lives in Machias, Maine with her husband, dog, cat, and chickens. Margaret's art is inspired by a deep connection with the natural world. Images are intimately rendered and are often composed around particular themes. They share a central focus in personal stories that draw from her spiritual and emotional relationship to family, history, place, and time. An ongoing series seeks to capture her evolving relationship with the interaction of the human and natural environments of coastal Maine. Based on a sense of wonder, her work attempts to elicit stories of objects and spaces of everyday life. Many ideas for images come unsolicited when she is out exploring the land, while others are considered for years. Recent works include watercolor paintings and graphite drawings.