Sunday, April 22, 2012

Margot Schulzke

“Honfleur, the Inner Harbour” © Margot Schulzke

Name:  Margot Schulzke, PSA, PSWC-DP; DPS, KA
Bio: I might have posted on Margot Schulzke a lot sooner if I was not somewhat in awe of her. Margot is a major figure in the world of pastels, both for her art and for her writing on pastel – she has been a regular contributor to the Pastel Journal since its foundation. (For a full list of her writing, check her website.) She has taught painting for some forty years and holds a BA degree in art education.
Margot has been showing her work  - and winning awards - since the early 1990s. The Pastel Society of the West Coast has ranked her as a Distinguished Pastellist since 1988, an honor extended to only 26 of PSWC's approximately 400 members. In 2006, the society added another signal honor, that of the PSWC Pastel Laureate Award.  She is listed in Who’s Who in America,  Who’s Who in American Art, and in Who’s Who in American Women!
She has served as a juror for many exhibitions, including The Pastel Journal Pastels 100. Margot’s paintings were featured in the December 2008 issue of the Pastel Journal. The article by Christine Proskow focuses on her signature theme of cityscapes and interiors. Margot works from her studio in Auburn, California.
Medium: Pastel.
Subjects: Landscape – especially cityscape; Interiors; Figures.
Publications: A Painter's Guide to Design and Composition, North Light Books; 2006. ISBN-10: 1581806434 ; ISBN-13: 978-1581806434.
Margot has also been included in many other books, including as The Best of Pastel, The Best of Pastel II; Landscape Inspirations (the three latter published by Rockport); and Pastel Interpretations, by Madlyn Ann Woolwich, North Light, 1993.
Style: Representational.
Navigation: Links remain available at top of page. The site is easy to navigate and the gallery pages are exemplary – as one might expect!
Gallery: Figures and Portraits; Landscapes and Seascapes; Cityscapes and Gardens.
Image View:  There are several pages of thumbnails in each gallery; thumbnails enlarge in a new page, and may be saved. Full information on title, and dimension is provided.  Honfleur, the Inner Harbour, is 16.5 x 24.5 ins, 600 x 418, 73.6 KB.
Blog/Demo: Not exactly, but go to to download her bimonthly newsletter.

1 comment:

  1. Margot Schulzke's book, "Painter's Guide to Design & Composition," is simply fantastic. It REALLY breaks down these bewildering, all-encompassing terms in a way that one can digest. As artists, we're told that design & composition are the elusive key to Great Art. This is the first book I've come across that really shows all that's involved in it: line, rhythm, balance, harmony of many kinds, etc. Luckily, one doesn't have to have each of these elements down perfectly in a work to have it be successful. But one does want those that are most important to the piece to be correct. Now I am getting too confusing! Just order the book--many artists' work are used as examples & each time I read even a page, I'm reminded of a crucial element necessary for good artwork. And it is pretty inexpensive for an art ref. book, too! I paid either 24.95 or 29.95, US$ before tax/shipping. L&K, MaryB