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 and message.  She has built a reputation for her story telling and unusual medium, which includes solvents with colored pencil on fabric surfaces. 

Margi submits to at least three major juried exhibitions annually, winning many accolades and exhibits in galleries, universities and museums countrywide. Her work has graced the front cover of JAVMA twice and is published in art books such as North Light Books STROKES OF GENIUS. Of the many purchases made by collectors here and abroad, Margi is most proud that her original “Who Recued Whom” depicting an elderly gentleman with his newly adopted Jack Russell, was purchased by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Library in honor of their rescue work.

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 and Page Waterman Gallery, Wellesley MA.

 

Drifter

$4200

Colored pencils

 26 x 20″

I came upon this enormouse 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.

How to Purchase
To purchase this artwork please email the name of the piece you want along with the artist’s name.
EMAIL TO:
Erica Wainwright
Cincinnati Museum Center

The Gift

$6000

Colored pencils

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.

How to Purchase
To purchase this artwork please email the name of the piece you want along with the artist’s name.
EMAIL TO:
Erica Wainwright
Cincinnati Museum Center

The Sentinel

$5800

Mixed Media- Colored pencils with water color

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!

How to Purchase
To purchase this artwork please email the name of the piece you want along with the artist’s name.
EMAIL TO:
Erica Wainwright
Cincinnati Museum Center