Satin Wall Installation - 1975-1982
Joseph Barbaccia: Naked Aggression- 2009
The Sidi Flowchart (detail) - 2005
Margaret began her art career as a large-scale installation artist. Dismissing two-dimensional work as merely an illusion she sought to physically immerse the viewer into the heart/feeling of the work. She often reffered to the process of creating these site-specific works, which utilized both natural and artificial illumination in conjunction with a variety of materials, as "painting with light."   Today she paints social commentary works in oils. Twenty years ago Margaret questioned the significance of her art production, pursued drawing an honest line and ended here - working within a representational, accessible aesthetic. Her paintings, which have addressed mental illness, violence, addiction and gender bending have been called "edgy", "in your face", and more politely, "food for the open minded." Bon apetit.   Making art for Margaret is a continual search for the moment when the artwork takes on its own life. It is a physical, spiritual, intellectual and psychological process which can be simultaneously humbling and elating. Her personal history includes the dichotomy of farm labor and high academia. Throughout it all a deep sense of purpose/commitment has driven both her art and her life.



"Margaret Dowell is a very accomplished artist who knows exactly what she is doing. She understands rules, breaks them and has the ability to make everything work"
- Dr. Betty Edwards, national best selling author: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Drawing on the Artist Within, and Color. Public Lecture, 2007.


"Dowell is an enviably talented painter. Her paintings show not only extraordinary technical skills, but also a hungry sense of desire and an intelligent understanding of her subjects. . ."
- Lennox Campello, independent art critic, curator and the force behind Daily Campello News (DC Art News), one of the world's highest ranked visual arts blogs.


"Margaret Dowell's art has a clear purpose.  Her stunning portraits are stories of intense psychological battles.  Whether portraying depression's destructive power or addiction's consuming force, her art reveals how debilitating these battles can be and the strength needed to overcome them."
-Dr. Patricia Santora, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Deputy Director of the Innovators Combating Substance Abuse Awards Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.