Marjorie was born in 1941 in Grande Prairie and grew up on a farm near Beaverlodge, Alberta. At an early age she was encouraged in her art by her parents and her McNaught relatives. She took her formal art education at the Alberta College of Art in Calgary and pursued a career in Commercial Art, leading to free lancing and specializing in Architectural Illustration for the next 30 years while living in Vancouver, B.C. and later on Vancouver Island. She began exhibiting and selling her fine art while raising a family and living on Vancouver Island.
In 1993 she moved back to her hometown of Beaverlodge, Alberta and established a studio/ gallery in her home and took up teaching classes and workshops in Drawing and Watercolors. She taught evening classes at the Grande Prairie Regional College and did workshops and classes in the Art Centres throughout the Peace Country for the next 10 years and is still doing some workshops.
Marjorie is an active member of the Peace Watercolor Society, the Beaverlodge Art Society, the Federation of Canadian Artists (Peace Country Chapter), a founding member of the Art of the Peace Society, and serves as a Board member of the McNaught Homestead Preservation Society.
Her main medium is watercolor but she is also proficient in pen and ink, pencil and oils. In past years she and her late husband George travelled extensively in Alberta and Northern B.C. where they camped, hiked and explored wilderness areas which greatly influenced her knowledge and appreciation of nature. Her passion for detail, design, composition, color and mood are evident in her work. A love of the countryside and peaceful places show in her choices of subjects.
Workshops with well known professional artists such as Jack Reid, Robert Sinclair, Jean Pedersen, Larry Cromwell,, Karin Richter, Brent Laycock and Jerry Heine have been of benefit to her growth as an artist. She also participates in week long Plein Air painting with the Jasper Watercolor Retreat Group in Jasper, Alberta annually.
Her work is found in regional and local shows and at the Beaverlodge Cultural Centre . Marjorie’s work is in both private collections and corporate collections. She has received numerous awards and prizes in regional and local shows and has served as a juror for Regional shows. You may contact her through the Beaverlodge Cultural Centre (www.beaverlodgegallery.com) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Field trips and outdoor sketching take her from local scenes and wilderness locations for inspiration and subject material.