In the Audubon Tradition Exhibition
About Margi Hopkins
With nature and animal art, I try to look beyond the expected and do something a little off, a little grating perhaps, so the viewer becomes involved in the story. My animals live in the real world where horses get burrs in their manes and domestic cats are ferocious carnivores.
Margi Hopkins earned her BFA from Denison University and spent summers taking classes at The De Cordova Museum, The Boston Museum of Fine Art and the Massachusetts College of Art.
In 2001 she started Pepper Portraits while working as a veterinary assistant. Her devotion to wild and domestic animals, as well as their habitat, is evident in her paintings and the various causes to which she donates time and art.
Her subject matter is whatever allows her to explore composition, lighting
Margi submits to at least three major juried exhibitions annually, winning many accolades and exhibits in galleries, universities
Margi is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, a member of Masterworks For Nature and an Associate Member of The Society of Animal Artists. Originals and Giclees are available at Row House Gallery, Milford OH
26 x 20″
I came upon this enormous gleaming driftwood beached far above the tide line in Reid State Park Maine. I was fascinated by a hollowed out knot, that like a watchful eye, framed the ocean beyond. While painting this piece, I discovered fanciful shapes hidden in shadows. I added a Gull to take a bow as if dancing with driftwood. The Common Tern flies above on business of his own, while blurry insignificant people add color the beach. This piece strives to achieve a sense of space rhythm and fun that nature provides with or without notice.
21.5 x 36″
My mother, who had been in Hospice for 2 1/2 years was declining. A few days before Thanksgiving, while my dog Rags and I enjoyed a walk in our favorite place, Mom was quietly slipping away.
A doe appeared. Perhaps she was there all the time. I looked at her for a second or two before my sight communicated to my brain that she was there. After taking numerous photos at every angle, this generous animal standing patiently, I realized there was another behind her. Who knows how many more were nearby, but invisible. It was beyond odd that these secretive animals would allow a dog and human to get so close without bolting away. It was a gift.
A gift my mother gave me as she passed from this existence to the next.
This piece was created with Faber-Castell Polychromos oil based pencils, Caran d’Ache Luminance wax based pencils and mineral spirits on 4 ply rag. The reference photos were taken at the Cincinnati Nature Center in Milford OH.
Mixed Media- Colored pencils with
26 x 34″
One November afternoon, while working at the art table in my home studio,I heard the piercing cry of a hawk. I bolted out of the house, looking up at the sky until I spied an unmistakable silhouette in a cottonwood next door. Another call erupted from behind my house. It was the mate perched atop a telephone pole. I ran inside to get my camera. With my telephoto lens, I could clearly see a russet breast and the black wing bars that Identified him as a Red Shouldered Hawk. He remained for several minutes, surveying the patchwork of yards, as I took photo after photo. It was glorious!