Rocky Neck at High Tide by Marguerite Smit
Aruba, where I was born and raised, had beautiful scenery that I started to sketch and paint in my teens, when I also took private watercolor classes. At 15, I came to to US to study art at the Andrews Osborne Academy, near Cleveland, Ohio. I was accepted into the juried program for High School seniors at the Cleveland Art Institute. In my senior year I won first place in the National Scholastic Art Show in NYC. I sold watercolors and woodblock prints of boats and “cnucu houses” in Oranjestad during high school and college.
I was a Fine Art and Spanish major at Mount Union University. During my freshman year I won the 1st Place award at the 2nd Annual Aruba Art Show sponsored by the Aruba Ministry of Culture. In 1974 I began graduate school studying art at Tulane University in New Orleans where my paintings were sold in Jackson Square. I continued to sell paintings in Aruba and sales of my art work paid for a trip to Paris in 1976 to study with Elaine de Kooning and Leland Bell.
When I moved from New Orleans to Boston in 1977 I became a software developer. I retired in 2013 and returned to painting. I re-entered the art world by taking classes at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown, where I was President of the Board from 2015 to 2020. I have sold paintings at the Open Studio on McMillan Wharf. I also attended the 7th Annual International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown and have started working in cold wax and encaustic in addition to oils.
In addition to the Cape School of Art I have taken classes and exhibited at group member shows at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill and at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. I am also a member of the Cape Cod Art Center in Barnstable and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts where I regularly attended “Drawing in the Galleries”where live models pose in front of masterpieces. I sold many of those drawings privately to museum visitors who watched me do the drawings.
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