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Margaret Kelk

Artist’s Statement

“When money is lost, a little is lost. When time is lost, much more is lost. When health is lost, practically everything is lost. And when creative spirit is lost there is nothing left.” Ernie Zeilinski

In keeping with this philosophy, I aim to keep my creative spirit alive by creating works of art using different media. As an artist, I do not try to mimic design found in nature, but rather portray my impression of that design.


As a graduate of Queen’s University, Margaret Ann taught students from elementary to university. In her role as home economics educator, she was able to incorporate art into her courses, and as such her transition to full time artist came about naturally. She has studied art at University of Toronto and St. Lawrence College.

Her unique paintings involve using pigments found in nature as well as in the art shop. Subject matter ranges from portraits, landscapes, animals, birds, fish and fantasy. Rich earthy tones in her paintings reflect her love of nature and the outdoors. The inspiration for many of her paintings came while hiking here and abroad.

Margaret Ann is actively involved in several art organizations: Rideau Lakes Artists’ Association, Rideau Lakes Studio and Garden Tour which runs on Canada Day weekend each year, Thousand Islands Quilters’ Guild and Visual Artists of Gananoque Area.

Margaret Ann can be visited year round, by appointment at her home farm studio.