Margret Short OPA

Margret Short OPA

Margret Short OPA

Oregon artist, Margret E. Short, specializes in still life and floral subjects in oils.  Short is a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America and a Master Signature Member of American Women Artists, and a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York. The Salmagundi Club has awarded three first prize awards to Margret, once in 1998, again in 2005, and most recently in 2010. In 1998, Ms. Short won the Director’s Purchase Prize at the National Small Oil Painting Exhibit in Wichita.  Short has captured many other awards including the Grumbacher Gold Medallion at the 1999 Oil Painters of America Exhibitin Scottsdale, AZ.


Special Recognition

  • American Women Artists Board Appointment


Additional Selected Exhibits:

  • American Women Artists Annual Exhibition 2011 – Huff Harrington Gallery, Atlanta
  • Salon International 2012, 2011, 2010 – San Antonio, Texas
  • Small Works Invitational 2010 -Kirkland, Washington
  • Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibit 2010 – Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Masters in Miniature 2010 -CM Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana
  • American Women Artists Annual Exhibition 2010 – Maryland
  • American Art in Miniature – Gilcrease Museum, Biloxi, Oklahoma
  • Oregon Art Beat – Award winning broadcast, three times featured
  • Parker Company -Boston, Featured Artist – Undiscovered Italy, 2005 Edition.


Captivated by Rembrandt’s bling, Margret produced her splendid 2007 series, Lessons from the Low Countries. This project was inspired by the color palettes of eleven select paintings in the exhibit, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art, which traveled to three U.S. cities in 2006/2007. Ms. Short replicated 17th century paints for her collection by hand grinding each pigment. Luscious colors, with magical names like lapis lazuli, cinnabar, malachite, and azurite, are the focus of each bountiful still life. This entire project can be viewed at with detailed documentation including historical pigment research and images of all completed paintings. Not only are the colors reproduced, Short also quoted, quite accurately, sections of each original work in her paintings in a game of hide and seek. This nearly sold out exhibit was presented at Lawrence Gallery, Portland, Oregon in June 2007.

Margret was again captivated by bling after a 2009 trip to Egypt.  For this project, however, it was not Rembrandt’s bling, but the bling of Pharaohs. To create this new collection of 12 paintings, Lessons from the Pharaoh’s Tomb, Short researched pigments used in tombs and temples in ancient Egypt from 3500BCE. This nearly sold out exhibit was presented by Lawrence Gallery in Portland, Oregon in September 2009. Because of the popularity and interest in these two projects, Margret created a third series featuring Egyptian history called, Lessons from the Pharaoh’s Tomb Part Two.

Currently Ms. Short is researching the culture and pigments of the Southwest Native Americans presenting Lessons from the Spider Woman in November 2013. See and read about the images and progress of all her techniques and processes at her blog:

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