Margaret Hadfield-Zorgdrager has been working as a professional artist in the Canberra/Queanbeyan region for 27 yrs. Margaret paints in all mediums and her major works have featured in numerous art awards including Paddington Art Prize, Portia Geach Art Prize, Gallipoli Art Prize (many times) Fishers Ghost Art Prize etc...
Won the 2006 Inaugural Gallipoli Art Prize and 6 of her military themed works have been exhibited by the Australian Government in the Netherlands,Turkey and France. The Gallipoli Series which are around 24 pieces have been exhibited in Griffith Regional Gallery, Queanbeyan , Singleton and Corowa . Margaret's painting of the RAN International Fleet Revue in Sydney (2013) was purchased and hangs in the National Maritime Museum.
Margaret has her own gallery/studio space in Canberra and teaches 7 classes a week. In 2016 Margaret was invited to teach Watercolour on board a Holland-America cruise ship to Antarctica from Florida -67 days. New works have been inspired from the extraordinary scenery viewed on this cruise. Margarets portraits feature in a book by Dr Kathryn Spurling titled 'Inspiring Australian Women' -Helen Reddy,Professor Fiona Wood,Lauren Jackson,Matilda House,Natasha Stott-Despoja and Geraldine Cox were all painted from life. (Margaret doesn't use any tracing devices.)
Higher School Cert. Self taught artist.
Netherlands 2009, 2010,Turkey 2011,France 2012. Griffith Regional Gallery 2015, Q Gallery Queanbeyan 2015Singleton Library 2015/16 . Corowa Civic Gallery Anzac 2017.
Winning the Gallipoli Art Prize in 2006 brought with it TV/ newspaper. Also local press from time to time.
Margarets father Pieter Zorgdrager was a major influence but Margaret has really explored painting her own way. The Landscape of the Warrumbungle Mountains in Coonabarabran district was a great nursery for a budding artist. A trip to Gallipoli, Turkey for 6 days had a huge influence on becoming more conceptual in her art. Influenced by having other artists to discuss ideas with and teaching has also been a influence in developing a versatility in subjects and mediums.
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