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Margaret Tsirantonakis

oil on canvas

9 x 12”

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1. What do you do when you’re not making art? (Day job etc...)

When I’m not making art… I do spend time on my art business/career stuff. I’m also the primary caregiver to my elderly mother.


2. Why do you make art?

I make art because I want to express my view, experience, emotions of the world around me in a visual form. It is a form of communication. I love seeing art and I love the challenge of using my visual vocabulary to make a painting that has not been done before.


3. What inspires you?

I’m inspired by art I have seen from the past and art of the present. I’m inspired by nature around me; our garden; flowers, trees, plants, leaves, growth. The light, colors of the different seasons inspire me as well as the shapes and patterns that are found in nature. These are references I use; I’ll do watercolors plein-air to take to the studio. I’ll take photos of forms in nature. Once in the studio these can be the starting points of a painting; but then the paint, color relationships, gesture of the brushstroke, negative space; interaction of layers of the paint take over. However, I do refer to my original inspiration. I’m also inspired by my place of birth, Chania, Crete, Greece. I left there when I was one but have returned for visits as a child and adult frequently. The light, landscape, family history, and mythology continues to inspire my work.


4. What/who are your influences?

My painting influences are many but the important artists whose work I continue to look at are Matisse, Cezanne, Bonnard. I’ve also been influenced by Van Gogh and Monet. Early influences were Morandi, Velasquez, Titian. My painting teacher from art school Yvonne Jacquette.

I’ve also been influenced by David Hockney, Robert DeNiro Jr, Jane Freilicher. Recently I have been looking a lot at Joan Mitchell and Lee Krasner. Reading the teachings of Hans Hoffman have been an influence as well.

A few contemporary artists whose work and/or writings have been important to me include: Jack Whitten; Kerry James Marshall; Cecily Brown.


5. If you could meet anyone dead or alive who would it be?

It would be Matisse.