Margaret Hillen was born in Hampshire, England where she attended Portsmouth College of Art and Design. This academic program was followed by a profession of ‘window dressing”, the staging of furniture and fashion windows for retail establishments.
After coming to the United States, she had a career working in the antique and interior design world, working with fine English and French antique furniture, chandeliers, and art, all visually rich in color and style.
Margaret started painting in 2004 and has taken various classes at The Art League in Alexandria, VA, and at The Corcoran College of Art in Washington, DC. She also took classes with Rob VanderZee, in Old Town, Alexandria. She is a member of the Springfield Art Club and attends two ongoing painting groups, The Lee Street Painters and Susan Norman’s Wednesday Group. In addition she has taken art history programs at Cambridge University, England.
Her works have been shown at:
- Art League, Alexandria, VA.
- River Farm, Alexandria, VA
- Green Spring Park and Gardens, VA
- Goodwin House, VA
- Hill & Knowlton, Washington, DC
- VanderZee Gallery, Alexandria, VA
Creativity is a thoroughly engrossing process, a shadow of an idea, a memory of a wonderful color combination compelling enough to capture on canvas. To create a mood of beauty and watch that image develop into artistic harmony is an amazing and magical experience.