Her laugh taunts the gods.
Her wisdom follows spirit.
Her hands create magic.
She breaks the rules and makes her own
knowing that the wisdom, strength and frailty of her ancestors
spiral in her consciousness and
splash in oil on linen.
She creates from the depths of her experience
in this world and others.
Light emanates from her center into the four directions.
The flow of her vitality fills all space.
There is nothing timid here.
The fierceness and fire burn into
creativity, vibrancy and radiance.
Her blood and passions flow.
Her colors pierce our hearts, transfix our souls and
make us believers in earthly transcendence.
Her sense of balance, myth and magic
transport us to another place and time
as she burns her way to her destiny.
I wrote the last stanza to describe Margarete’s painting “Woman Made of Fire.” That painting was my first introduction to Margarete’s work. In her 2012 exhibit in the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, “Woman Made of Fire” was hung in the entrance. I was mesmerized by the power of this art piece.
After Margarete’s passing, her husband, Dan McGuinness, published the definitive collection of Margarete’s work from 2009 to 2014. She painted 210 canvases during that time; and Dan titled the art book Woman Made of Fire, which is a perfect description of Margarete.