Margie Caldwell Gill thrives on making order out of chaos, and chaos out of order.
A student of both art and science, Margie’s understanding of this delicate partnership between the two was nurtured and honed as she studied painting, printmaking and sculpture along with biology and chemistry to earn her BA in Fine Arts from Wake Forest University. She then earned her Masters Degree in Medical Illustration from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas, and enjoyed a 15-year career creating medical illustrations for magazines, pharmaceutical ads, legal exhibits and textbooks, before shifting her interests and focus to communicating emotion, time and space through abstract art.
Margie is a long-time resident of the East Bay Area of San Francisco where she is surrounded by both the natural and urban landscapes that inform her work. The winding branches of the trees, jagged cracks in the concrete, new growth and slow decay inspire her mark making and the rhythmic process of building layers, then revealing what lies underneath. She likens the results to a city bulletin board, layered with colorful bits and pieces left behind by its visitors.
Margie uses a mix of wood, canvas, collage, paint, markers and pastels, often breaking with tradition to achieve and enjoy the “imperfect” results. She also uses a mix of traditional artists’ tools and non-traditional hardware store implements for layering, sanding, and scraping. Margie’s process of intuition and discovery, creation and destruction, are what bring together her old friends, chaos and order.
Originally from Miami, Margie is married and mother to two grown children. She regularly shows her work in exhibitions throughout the Bay Area.