Carol Mackie Morris and Margaret Mackie are sisters who create art in a myriad of mediums. Sharing what they have learned over years of artistic practice brings them joy. Carol and Margaret have an enthusiastic attitude toward life and art.
Carol Mackie Morris
“The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world.” G.K. Chesterton
Carol has spent her career creating and teaching art to ignite artistic curiosity in children and adults. Carol is inspired every day by the view of the pond outside her windows. As an artist, she works with many mediums and media to visually communicate what she observes. Motivated by historical artist explorers, one such artist is Lillias Trotter (1853-1928), who spent her life helping others while recording her life in watercolor. Nature journal pioneers filled books with their words and images for perpetuity. Carol delights in teaching a person to make and fill up their first nature journal book.
Margaret enjoys helping others find delight and wonder in creating and exploring art and nature, from small impromptu "classes" to more extensive workshops. Margaret draws inspiration from the lovely magnolia trees and the local wildlife of bunnies, foxes, and deer that live around her. As an artist, she currently is working in watercolor, colored pencils, and dabbling in gouache. Small handmade sketchbooks make nature sketching fun and portable. Margaret's journey began with an obsession with Dutch Florals and Still life paintings of the 1500s and wanting to have an actual painting but being too cheap to buy one. She began oil painting classes, which led to watercolor sketching of local gardens and nature centers with her sister Carol.