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Vernon artist: Margaret Shipman

Image: “September” by Margaret Shipman, oil on canvas, 20″ x 20″

About Margaret: I moved to Vermont in 2004 when I fell in love with the community of earth and art loving people living here and making their voices heard. I live in an old farmhouse on Fort Bridgman Road with my husband and son where I paint herbs, flowers, weeds, leaves, and rocks when I’m not working as a graphic designer. I’m the co-creator of the Wayfarer Tarot deck and exhibit my paintings at DaVallia Gallery in Chester, VT. I think that the key to happiness is being outside in every season as much as possible.

Artist Statement: The Earth is heartbreakingly generous. I like to walk around outside in the warm months with my Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide and try my hand at identifying what I find. When I return home with a list of names of wildflowers to Google, each and every one of the plants I research has multiple uses for treating ailments from insomnia to repelling insects to treating heart disease. 

Why is this the case? Why is the treatment for an ailment found near the problem – as with Poison Ivy and (its treatment) Jewel Weed often growing right beside it? In my view it is because this wonderful biosphere that birthed us cares for us too. The things we need to thrive are all around us, if only we know how to see and use them. It is my exploration of this truth that I want to communicate with my artwork.

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