Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Margret McDermott is a realist artist now residing in the 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.

Artist’s Statement

Margret’s artwork is often allegorical. An avid reader and lover of stories, and, a very colorful dreamer, Margret uses her art to express her creative ideas. As a writer composes a story or a poem with words, Margret uses brush strokes to describe objects with color and light. “Two pears on a pedestal are not merely pieces of fruit; they are one lover leaning tenderly on the shoulder of the other, the glow of the setting sun lighting their upturned faces, thoughts of the evening to follow on their minds,” she says.


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

Recent Awards and Shows

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