Artist and calligrapher Margaret Davis has been creating art and calligraphy since kindergarten. Her media include gouache watercolors, Sumi ink, 22-karat gold leaf, and linoleum blockprint. Her works incorporate playful themes and imagery inspired by nature, myth, Medieval manuscripts and tapestries, and Egyptian tomb paintings.
Margaret was brought up in Galesburg, Illinois, where her mother, an artist and art teacher, instilled in her a love of artistic creation. She began the study of calligraphy in high school, when she first became enamored of the beauty of Medieval illuminated manuscripts and the Book of Kells. Her college and post-graduate work included courses in art, composition, graphic design, printmaking, Medieval art history, and illustration. She studied calligraphy with John Prestianni, an elected member of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators, and most notably with Carla Tenret of Albany, CA. Trips to the tapestry galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cluny Museum led to an ongoing exploration of the use of text within painting -- another of her inspirations in this regard is artist Kit Williams, creator of "Masquerade."
Margaret has been working professionally in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 10 years, reaching an international clientele. Corporate and celebrity clients have included Andrea Seabrook of NPR, Malin Giddings, Grace Cathedral (San Francisco, CA), the San Francisco Early Music Society, the Society for Ritual Arts, Dr. Stanley Krippner, East Bay Innovations, Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine, and Psychic Reader Magazine. She is a current member and past Vice President of the Diablo/Alameda Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women.
November 2021: Art Creating Community, NorCal branches of the National League of American Pen Women, Lindsay Dirkx Brown Gallery, San Ramon, CA.
September 2021: Art On the Rebound hosted by A.R.T., Inc. Adobe Art Gallery, Castro Valley, CA.
May 2021: Celebrate Women! Multimedia show hosted by the Diablo/Alameda Chapter of the Nat'l League of American Pen Women.
December 2020: Peace and Activism, Multimedia show hosted by the Diablo/Alameda Chapter of the Nat'l League of American Pen Women.
January 2020: Celebrate Women! John O'Lague Galleria, Hayward, CA
August 2019: Solo show, Books on B, Hayward, CA.
December 2018: Celebrate Women! John O'Lague Galleria, Hayward, CA.
October 2017: Celebrate Women! John O'Lague Galleria, Hayward, CA.
November 2016: A Woman's View of the World. John O'Lague Galleria, Hayward, CA.
May 2010: BayCon Science Fiction Convention Art Show. Santa Clara, CA.
May 2006: BayCon Science Fiction Convention Art Show. Santa Clara, CA.
May 2005: A Fat Man And His Art - A tribute to Jimmie Crown. Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL.
August 2001: MythCon Mythopoeic Society Art Show. Berkeley, CA.
August 1996: L.A.con III World Science Fiction Convention. Anaheim, CA.
June 1991: WesterCon Science Fiction Convention Art Show. Vancouver, Canada.
2021: Cover illustration and interior illustrations for the Autumn issue of Coreopsis Journal of Myth and Theatre, published by the Society for Ritual Arts
2004: CD Cover, “Storming Heaven” CD by Avalon Rising
2000: CD Cover, “Brocelïande” CD by Brocelïande
1998: Cover illustration for Marion Zimmer Bradley’s FANTASY Magazine issue 38
1998: Book design for Marion Zimmer Bradley’s “FANTASY WORLDS” (p)Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Literary Works Trust
1987: Book design, cover, and illustrations for “A Book of Miracles” (p)Deja Vu Book Company
National League of American Pen Women, Diablo-Alameda Branch, CA
A.R.T., Inc., Castro Valley
Private and Public Collections:
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA
Andrea Seabrook, Monteverde, Costa Rica
Monika Mittaz, Bouloz, Switzerland
Kris Yenney, Ashland, OR
Britt Nesheim, San Diego, CA
Stuart Caban-Siegel, Windermere, FL
Julia Naftulin, Philadelphia, PA
Jill Trescott, Randolph, MN
Peter Leahy and Kirsten Gray, Minneapolis, MN
Ed Cramer and Isobel Jones, San Francisco, CA
Find her on Facebook as Margaret Davis Mythic Art.