Artist’s Story

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.

Margret now paints full-time in her home studio in Clarkston, Michigan. You can connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.


Artist’s Statement

Margret is a contemporary realist artist working primarily in oils. She paints in a style informed by classical traditions, in a contemporary and naturalistic way, depicting scenes that explore universal themes of love, loss, longing, and spiritual connection to the world around us. She feels that the creation and contemplation of beautiful works of art is a vital antidote to the fast-paced modern world; it connects us and soothes our souls.


Portrait Society of America

Cecilia Beaux Forum

A committee of the Portrait Society of America devoted to the promotion of Women in the Arts.

Art Renewal Center

Awards and Shows

2017 MIGreatArtist Competition, Park West Gallery, Southfield, MI, Finalist

2017 Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, MI

2016 Finalist in the Art Renewal Center Salon 2016 competition

2016 Realism: a moment in time, Invitational Show, Nan Miller Gallery, Rochester, NY

2015 Color: vivid, vibrant, and vital, National Juried Exhibition, R Dixon Gallery, Seneca Falls, NY, People’s Choice Award

2015 Shape and Shadow, National Juried Still Life Exhibition, Mount Dora Center for the Arts, Mount Dora, FL

2015 Light Space & Time, All Women Art Competition, Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Art

2011 Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors sponsored Juried Show, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, MI, awarded Honorable Mention

2011 Firm Footing: Artists Engage with Body, Mind & Spirit, Chelsea River Gallery, Chelsea, MI