Margaret Horvat

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I grew up in beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada, where I spent my childhood and teenage years until moving to Ontario as a young adult. I consider myself a "born" artist; drawing was my favourite form of entertainment from childhood, through the teen years and into adulthood, sketching any subject that caught my interest. Although I did not have the benefit of a formal education in Fine Art, I continued to nurture my love of art over the years, through self-directed study and taking a few classes along the way.

After I started my family, though free time was scarce, I drew when I could, and also painted subjects in watercolour. With my children grown, in 2009 I turned my attention to once again developing my artistic ability with the goal of pursuing a career as full time artist. At that time I made the change to oils, and discovered a whole new way of creating the vision I had for my work. I continued to learn and grow, referring to books and magazines, and of course by actually painting and learning through trial and error (lots of errors!).

In 2014 I became aware of the daily painters; in particular the daily paintworks website, and the work of Carol Marine and her wonderful book on the subject, Daily Painting. This inspired me to work smaller and to paint on a daily basis (although as of this writing, I am still not at the point that I can produce a painting a day). But it has helped me to loosen up a bit more, be more decisive in my choice of colours and brushstrokes, as well as enabled me to more clearly develop my own process and style. I am now in the habit of painting daily and have been posting on the Daily Paintworks site since May, 2015.

My subjects include still life, florals, landscape and portraits although it can be any subject; for me it's really about what catches my eye and gives me inspiration. I love the juxtaposition of light and shadow, and finding the interesting details that deserve attention. My aim is to invite the viewer in for a closer, more intimate engagement with whatever the subject may be. I love bright colours and strive to attain a finished painting that is expressive and lively.

I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband and two children.


I find beauty in the everyday; the interplay of light and shadow revealing and obscuring details in a subject, the natural infusion of colours that quite often are missed with the casual eye. Looking at subjects in a new and intimate way in order to push beyond the obvious and into the close up details, and then showing how the light and shadow play with those details, is what I enjoy most about painting. The same is true when a portrait is my subject; when observed closely and truthfully, the real person comes through and a connection is made. It is these visual inspirations that compel me to paint.