Margaret Henderson

Born in Paddington NSW, Maggie’s upbringing was colourful and enriched with French and Hungarian food, music and culture. “I’ve always been a creative soul, it doesn’t matter what I do, ‘Art’, is all over it. Maggie was a fulltime student at the Art and Technology of Make-up College back in the 1980’s studying under Dawn Swane, founder of the Three Arts Makeup Centre. She studied special effects makeup for film, television, theatre and high fashion, including wig making, hairdressing, sculpture and facial reconstruction. This set the foundation for her ability to sketch the face with intimate knowledge of its skeletal and muscular landscape. In 2005 she began studying Fine Arts at West Wollongong TAFE and today is enjoying the experience and the results of her works. In 2008 she won the Handler’s trophy for her Archibald entry of Illawarra’s children’s Author and book editor Sue Whiting at the Thirroul Seaside and Arts Festival. Maggie has been a Wollongong local since 1992 and has entered and exhibited in major art prizes in the Illawarra and Sydney. Her most recent works have been exhibited in collaboration with Science week 2017 and 2018 on the studies of portraiture where she co-authored a science journal with Professor Susan Hayes and a group of Red Point Artists. Maggie particularly enjoys painting portraits and challenging her abilities through exploring different methods and practices. She thrives on the expressive but maintains a calm and elegance about her work. Visit Wollongong Art gallery ‘Locals on board’ exhibition later this year in November to view her latest portrait on wood panel.

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