Artist Margaret Saylor creates highly detailed, textural botanical paintings and drawings using watercolor, graphite and egg tempera on vellum and gesso board. Her art captures the essence of a simple object from nature and presents it as an exquisite jewel in an ethereal setting. Her hope is that the viewer will be entranced and inspired by the subject in the same way she was. She specializes in mushrooms, fungi and woodland plants and combines accurate illustration with the beauty of shape, form, and color, then adds a pinch of imagination.
Margaret earned a BFA in Communications Design at Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA. Trained as a graphic designer, Margaret worked for 10 years at William Fox Munroe, Inc., a graphic design firm specializing in package design. Her experience as a designer and illustrator provided the solid foundation needed when she turned to fine art in a quest for a hands-on, detail-oriented method of depicting the natural world. Margaret was awarded a certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration, with distinction, from the New York Botanical Garden in June 2013.
When not painting, Margaret teaches botanical art both online and in person. Venues include Mt Cuba Center, Hockessin, Delaware; GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, Pennsylvania; Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens, Devon, Pennsylvania; and Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She has also taught at ASBA Annual Meeting & Conferences and held workshops at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York; Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia, and Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Maryland.
Margaret is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators, and has exhibited with both groups. Since 2013, she has been the Editor/Designer of The Botanical Artist, the quarterly journal of the American Society of Botanical Artists. She is co-founder of the Contemporary Naturalism Guild of Art, and recently joined the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club.
SAYLOR, MARGARET HAMMES
b. Reading, Pennsylvania, United States
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
Graphic & Package Designer, William Fox Munroe, Inc., Shillington, PA, 1988-1997
Freelance designer, painter, 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-
American Society of Botanical Artists
Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators
Contemporary Naturalism Guild of Art
Watercolor, egg tempera, graphite pencil
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
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
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
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