Margaret Chwialkowska was born and educated in Poland. She settled in
Canada in 1979. Her painting is inspired by nature, particularly the
power and richness of the North American landscape. Many of her works
grew out of travels to the Northwest Territories and the US. Today she
works primarily in the Ottawa area, focusing on the banks of the Ottawa
River and the forests of the Gatineau Hills, working to capture both its
timeless grandeur and the ever-changing moods of its snow-banks, trees,
She is represented by Galerie du Parc in Chelsea, Quebec, Parkdale
Gallery in Ottawa and is a juried member of the Foyer Gallery owned by
the City of Ottawa..
Her works have been exhibited in Ottawa and Quebec and purchased by
private collectors in Canada and the US.
I paint in oil, "alla prima," blending pigments together directly on the
canvas using a pallet knife. This technique allows textures to evolve
naturally and permits a loose, spontaneous style.
The goal of my painting is to evoke the mood of a natural setting and to
capture the feeling of being overwhelmed by the natural, almost magical
beauty of a landscape. I am captivated by the creative process of
painting and am compelled by the spirituality that overtakes me when
contemplating a landscape.
I want my art to be positive, free, beautiful, and romantic--something
you cannot live without.