Artists ~ Margaret Owen ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Margaret Owen
Business name: Permanent Magenta
Location: Providence, RI
Etsy shop: permanentmagenta
Website: ,
Twitter: permnentmagenta

1. Tell us about your work: 
I do representational paintings in both watercolor and oil with a focus on still life, landscapes and cityscapes.

image: etsy
2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter?
I painted as a child and went on to study art in college and grad school.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Lately from nature, textiles and Morocco.

image: etsy
4. What’s your favorite item to make? 
In the past couple of years I have especially enjoyed making watercolor sketches.

5. What’s your best seller? 
Curently, a print of my watercolor of Providence as seen from Prospect Park on the East Side.

image: etsy

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island? 
I moved to Rhode Island with my husband, a native, from NYC, in 2004, a few months before the birth of our son.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island? 
Oh oh! I love the beaches and swimming in the ocean! The scale of RI suits me perfectly, so easy to get around, but also with lots of space. I think RI has the best of city and small town life.

8. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
You can see my work in person at Studio Hop on Hope Street. I have a large show of paintings of Morocco at Tea in Sahara on Governor St. up through January 10. Its a great little Moroccan-owned cafe. On Wednesdays at noon I offer watercolor classes there. I have a show of still life paintings, Color Play, at the Bank RI Gallery in the Turk’s Head building downtown through January 5, 2013. I also offer painting workshops in France and Morocco which you can check out at

Another exciting for me detail: Fellow Rhode Island crafter and author Elyse Press Major -of the cottage/ tinkered treasures blog- wrote two articles on me, published this year! one on my art for Romantic Homes Magazine and one on my home for Cottages and Bungalows Magazine.

Thanks so much for including me on I heart Rhody!


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