Margaret Petchell

From a creative background in New Zealand’s fashion, film and television industry, and with a lifelong love and appreciation of beauty, colour and detail, Margaret’s progression into painting sixteen years ago was a natural extension of her creative life.

Since then her reputation as a collectable artist has grown exponentially with her original paintings gracing well-known walls around the world, as well as here in New Zealand. Margaret has had four solo exhibitions of her larger than life acrylic on canvas paintings, with limited edition fine art prints of all original works also available.

Intricate detail and perfection of colour and light are what first draw you in, but what really sets the work of artist Margaret Petchell apart, is her whimsy and the depth of personality imbued in her birds and animals and more recently her series of crowns and botanical flowers.

5 questions, 5 answers

Do you have a favourite colour?

I love a lot of colours, particularly the colour sensibility of the Arabic countries like Morocco... I guess for me it is colour combinations. Im not a fan of primary colours I find them very harsh.

How do you take your coffee?

Small flat white, not too much milk, thick creamy texture, not too hot

Is there something you can't live without in your studio?

Good light and a non critical gentle voice inside my head

Who is your favourite artist of all time / now and why?

There are so many, but I do love Gustav Klimt, even more after seeing an exhibition of his work, the way he applies paint is amazing, I love his sense of design and decoration too.

5 things or phrases that explain you or your art?

Detailed, clarity of essence, jewell like, capture the spirit and expressions of the subject, tonal harmony, natural realism