About my painting

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? Because the Earth is heartbreakingly generous. In my view this wonderful biosphere that birthed us, cares for us too. The things we need to thrive are all around, if only we know how to see and use them. The paintings I make explore the strong healing power in the natural world, representing my own yearning for a connection with the Earth and humanity’s history of spiritual connection with the land.


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 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.

Margaret Shipman CV



Vermont Winter Vacation Guide 2017, Love Where you Live


The Commons, February 24, 2016, Drawing a Crowd, Richard Henke


The Commons, February 10, 2016, Shipman Paintings on Display at Amy's


Southern Vermont Art & Living, Winter 2013 - 2014, The Art/Life Balance, Arlene Distler


new in the studio!

Margaret Shipman  | Southern Vermont |  two.turtles.art@gmail.com | (802) 451-0332

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