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 to give her the “Fine Art” award as well but was not allowed to give both to one student.

Classical Realist Fine Art has always been Margret’s true love. 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 has achieved her dream and now paints full-time in her home studio in Clarkston, Michigan. You can connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.


“I follow Margret on Facebook and each time she posted a progress photo of the Chardonnay and Grapes painting I felt a growing connection to it, so much so I began calling it “my painting.” When it was finished and I saw it in person I felt goosebumps along my arms and tears in my eyes. I knew I had to have it in my life. It just makes me feel so good when I look at it. I wound up decorating an entire room around it, I love it so much. Then, when I saw the “Champagne and Roses” painting, it started all over again.” ~T. Wright, Clarkston, MI

How to Buy

You may purchase my artwork using the PayPal/Credit Card option (no PayPal account required). Use the Contact link in the menu at the top of each page in my site to start the process. Tell me which piece you’re interested in and I will get back to you with a quote and instructions for how to proceed.


Many of the things you will read on my site are written in the third person because, well, that’s just how it’s done. However, I feel the need to write about pricing in a more direct way. There is great debate about posting prices for fine art online and I too struggle with it. I have decided to buck tradition and be transparent, so that you, the collector, do not have to contact me to learn about the price of a piece.

That said, feel free to start a dialog with me about pricing. If you are interested in a work I would be happy to discuss reasonable alternative pricing.

2017 Linear Inch Price: $135

Total Price = (Width in inches + Height in inches) x $135

Sample Pricing:

11 + 14 = 25

25 x 135 = $3,375

Each painting is ready to hang in a custom, high-quality frame.

In-Home Trial

I am not currently with a brick-and-mortar gallery. The gallery owner I was with recently retired. So, for now, I am self-represented. I do, however, feel that it is important to see a work of art in person before making a final decision. Photographs simply do not do justice to an oil painting. You cannot see the energy and texture of the brush strokes, you cannot make the visceral connection with a work of art posted online that you do when see it in person. Therefore, I am now offering an in-home trial period for your purchases.

Simply put, if you purchase a painting directly from me, you may keep it in your home for up to 30 days. If you are not satisfied, and the painting is in its original condition, you may return it for a full refund. You just pay return shipping and insurance and I will refund the full cost of the painting. Original shipping and insurance costs will not be refunded.

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