Margaret Stivers Biography:
Stiver's background is in architecture and aviation. She has a BA in design and a Masters of Architecture from Clemson University, Clemson S.C. She is also a recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi medal. Margaret is a licensed architect, a licensed pilot and she was a professional stuntwoman specializing in wing walking. Now retired after 22 years of performing stunt- wingwalking in airshows and film work with the Silver Wings Wingwalking Team, Margaret's main focus has returned to her roots in art. Stivers brings to the canvas a fusion of her unique life's experiences. This painting is focused around the Mission La Purisima Concepcion de Maria Santisima. The humble spiritual focus and discipline of the monks is interwoven with the Native American resourcefulness found in the cadence of seasons and nature. These two cultures sometimes clashed but most often united in exchange of ideas that shaped the future. I am sure they were united in survival of the elements. In the summer of 2016, there was a wild fire near by the restored buildings filling the air with ash. This painting, sometimes existentially, reflects on different forces in nature, wild fires and storms, vs. man and man’s own unique perspective. It looks inward and outward, from past to present, and intertwines them till there is a common denominator that centers and balances them into a whole and brings them home.
Light illuminates my physical space and the objects in it, it also inspires an inner enthusiasm that propels me to create and paint. The challenge is to listen to my own unique essence, allow it to flow from my brush and manifest it on canvas, which I hope in turn, touches the viewer.
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