Margaret Murton has a long-established career as an artist, specialising for many years in painting into antique wood panelling. Fruits, flowers and foliage are entwined in the imagery and both respect and enhance the natural grain of the ancient wood. Her work has been featured in several interiors magazines including “Homes and Gardens”, “World of Interiors” and “House and Garden”. Shown in galleries in Chicago, Nantucket, London and the provinces she was granted an exhibition at The Museum of Garden History in Lambeth. Her work has also been commissioned by Leicester Museums for their permanent collection. Although these pieces are almost always commissioned now, she has included two small panels in this exhibition and sells high quality prints of several others at her studio in Ashby-de -la-Zouch.
Many of these ancient panels have influenced her design work for Ehrman Tapestry, one piece of which appeared on the set of the T.V. series “The Durrells”. They also form the basis for her needlepoint workshops both at her studio and for The National Trust, the most recent having been at Stoneywell. It was the garden there that inspired her stunning new needlepoint panel of Japanese Maple leaves which has been released in kit form by Ehrman this year.
In recent developments her work has explored the textural possibilities of other wooden grounds and her still life paintings show a rare skill in conjuring up a surface similar to that of handmade paper. Unlike her wood paintings these reflect a change in mood and have a calm and contemplative nature.