© Margaret Saylor

Margaret Saylor

Margaret Saylor paints and draws highly detailed, textural botanical paintings. Her work captures the essence of a simple object or plant of our natural world, and presents it to the viewer as an exquisite jewel in a setting. She seeks to inform and entertain her audience through accurate botanical illustration, shape and form, a heightened sense of color, and a pinch of fanciful imagination.

 

Margaret earned a BFA in Communications Design at Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA in 1988. Trained as a graphic designer, Margaret worked for close to 10 years at William Fox Munroe, Inc., a graphic design firm specializing in package design. She returned to the painterly world in a quest for a hands-on, detail-oriented method of depicting the natural world. Her experience as a designer and illustrator have provided a solid foundation for further studies of plant life and botanical art techniques, and Margaret was awarded her Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration, with distinction, from The New York Botanical Garden in June, 2013.

When not painting, Margaret teaches botanical art. Some of the venues include Chanticleer, Wayne, PA; Mt Cuba Center, Hockessin, DE; GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA; Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA; Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA; and Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA. She has also taught at ASBA Annual Meeting & Conferences in addition to holding workshops at The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY; Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, VA and Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Maryland.

 

Margaret is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, as well as the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators, and has exhibited with both groups. Born in Reading, PA in 1966, she studied painting first with artists within her own family, then through many classes and workshops. Since January of 2012, Margaret has been the Editor/Designer of The Botanical Artist, the quarterly journal and official publication of the American Society of Botanical Artists. She works from her home studio in Mt. Penn, PA.

SAYLOR, MARGARET HAMMES

b. Reading, Pennsylvania, United States

 

EDUCATION

B.F.A., Communications Design, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, PA, 1984-1988

Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration, with distinction, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY, 2010-2013

 

CAREER

Graphic & Package Designer, William Fox Munroe, Inc., Shillington, PA, 1988-1997

Freelance designer and botanical artist, Mt. Penn, PA, 1997-

Instructor, Botanical art workshops and techniques classes: Chanticleer, Wayne, PA: Mt. Cuba Center, Hockessin, DE; The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY; Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA; Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA; ASBA Annual Meeting and Conference, 2013-

Editor/Designer, The Botanical Artist, American Society of Botanical Artists, 2013-

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Society of Botanical Artists

Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators

 

ARTWORK MEDIA

Watercolor, graphite pencil, colored pencil

GROUP EXHIBITION(S)

A Living Legacy: Contemporary Botanical Art, Friends Hospital and The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation & Philadelphia Society of Botanical
   Illustrators, Philadelphia, PA, June 2012

The Philadelphia Flower Show: Exhibition of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Small Works, American Society of Botanical Artists 17th,18th, 20th, 21st, & 23rd Annual Meeting and Conference, Boston Marriott Newton, Newton, Mass., 2011;
   Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Ill., 2012; The Westin Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, CO, 2014; Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove Marriott Hotel, Miami, FL,
   2015; San Mateo Marriott, San Mateo, CA, 2017. [Exhibition catalogues]

17th Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition, American Society of Botanical Artists and Horticultural Society of New York, New York, NY, 2014
   [Exhibition catalogue]

The Wonders of Nature: Contemporary Botanical Artists, Margaret Saylor, Diana Heitzman, Judith Simon, Mala Galleria, Kennett Square, PA, April, 2016

Keeping It Real: The Art of Plants and Fungi, Margaret Saylor & Judith Simon, The Highlands, Wyomissing, PA, January, 2018

Keeping It Real: The Art of Plants and Fungi II, Margaret Saylor & Judith Simon, Jenner's Pond, West Grove, PA, June, 2019

 

ONE-PERSON EXHIBITION

Wild Mushrooms, Woodland Fungi, and other Jewels of the Forest: An Exhibition on Paper & Vellum, Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road,
   Owings Mills, MD, 2014

HONORS/AWARDS

ASBA Artist and Education Grant, 17th Annual Meeting and Conference, 2011; Best in Show, A Living Legacy: Contemporary Botanical Art, 2012; Anne Marie Carney Award, Small Works, 2012; Best in Show, Small Works, 2014