Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Margret McDermott is a realist artist now residing in the greater Detroit area. Margret comes from a family of artists. She first learned to draw as a small child with her mother, who it seemed could draw anything, and her grandmother, whose advice to draw the nude and tackle value before color still rings in her ears.
Margret fell in love with the painting “The Nut Gatherers,” by William Bouguereau while on a middle-school field trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts. She remembers standing in front of the large painting of two young girls, transfixed by the beauty of it. She felt an overpowering desire to be able to paint like that.
She took every art class available throughout school and won the “Best Commercial Artist” award for her high school graduating class. Her art teacher pulled her aside and said she wanted give her the Fine Art award as well but was not allowed to give one student both.
Classical Realist Fine Art has always been Margret’s first love, though. At a time when commercial art and modern art took a front seat in colleges and the art world in general, she knew she would not get the education she wanted by going to an art college.
Margret chose instead to pursue a degree in Computer Science with the goal of having a stable day-job while continuing her art-making at night. She enrolled immediately in college-level art classes after graduating from Wayne State University, cherry-picking classes to build the realist art skills of drawing and painting and has continued to take classes and workshops.