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b i o g r a p h y

Margaret Carter Martine received her MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She received her BS degree in Art Education from Appalachian State University. Her range of subjects includes landscapes, people as well as political concerns. She sometimes paints on non-traditional surfaces such as mattresses, rattraps and floor mats. For the past few years, she has explored encaustic and also mosaic.

The Rat Trap series are miniature portraits of various public figures. Under the fake cheese is an unconscionable quote by that person. Many of her works express her concern about the over development of farm land and forests.

Married to a former Vietnam veteran, this mattress piece speaks about the nightmares that become a part of the soldier's life. Another mattress is absent of a person until a film is focused on the mattress sheets and you hear the former soldier's stories about his experience in WWII and watch as he moves in his sleep.

The Pull-Toy series recognize contributions that these particular individuals have made to society (Margaret Sanger, Jimmy Carter, Sojourner Truth and Pablo Picasso). Some of the pieces are larger than life and range from 4-7 feet tall.

The mosaic pieces range from pieces worked into oil paintings. Others are completely mosaic. The miniature pieces are more intimate and are created inside of metal lids.

Margaret has taught art in the public schools, private sector and also at Appalachian State University. She often teaches workshops. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Southeast including Savannah, Atlanta, St. Simon's, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Boone, Blowing Rock, North Wilkesboro and Lenoir. Her work is in collections in Japan, California and in the South. At one time she operated her own gallery.

She lives in her family home place in Ferguson, NC. with her husband and enjoys time with family and friends.


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