Margaret Garrett’s richly colored abstract paintings capture the elusive qualities of rhythm and movement. Born in North Carolina and raised in Pennsylvania, she grew up training to be a dancer. At the age of sixteen, she left home to join the Pennsylvania Ballet and later dance with the Cleveland Ballet as a soloist. In her early twenties, she discovered painting, finding something spiritually akin to dance in the movement of line and color.
Garrett’s approach to painting is strongly influenced by her early training in dance. “When I begin working on a new piece, I see the paper or canvas as an empty stage and the line as movement. Texture, form, the way that colors interact, all are different manifestations of motion, rhythm, and energy.”
Garrett works in ongoing series, developing a language and following it as it morphs and evolves. Her “Tuning Fields” series uses line-driven layers of color to create loose yet formal fields of motion that are abstract and at the same time evocative of shapes and patterns found in nature. In her “Choros” series, the central preoccupation is with an interplay of shapes that have a solid, even muscular form, to convey a sense of motion and choreography
Margaret Garrett’s work has been exhibited across the United States. Museum collections include the Parrish Art Museum and Guild Hall Museum. Her work is also held in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States and Europe. She currently lives and maintains a studio on Shelter Island, NY.