Margaret Fitzpatrick is a qualified and experienced artist.
Margaret began her professional career as a freelance Heraldic Artist and Calligrapher and examples of her heraldic work hang in St George’s Chapel Windsor, in Westminster Abbey and in the Inns of Court in London. Since the 1990s, Margaret has focused on Botanical Illustration and has had work hung in many exhibitions and galleries. Her training in the detailed and precise work of heraldry and illumination is reflected in Margaret’s botanical illustrations.
“My love of painting began at an early age, as I stood beside my grandfather, who was a sign writer, and was fascinated as he painted and then so magically applied gold leaf to his work. This sparked my interest in historical methods and materials, in particular those of the medieval painters and illuminators, plus the renaissance and Dutch masters.
With a love of plants and the natural world, I am now exploring the combination of the methods and materials of my early studies in heraldry and illumination with my botanical work.
At the core of my work is the fundamental value of drawing. Whether botanical or landscape, I sketch and work from life whenever possible.
I am fascinated by the medium of watercolour and how I can use it to portray realism, vibrant colour and a sense of light.
I have a love of mark making with dry media specifically graphite and metalpoint and the delicacy of line and subtlety of texture that these media can produce.
Through both the medium of watercolour and the dry media I am fascinated by the effect of light on form and how the use of contrast and tone with the different media can be used to portray the detail, pattern and structure of the natural world.”