Margaret A. Dillard

Fine Art

I have been remiss…

There have been so many things I should have posted over the last year!!I had a marketing lesson with my good friend (and great painter!) Tim Kenny and I promise to do better from now on!!!

My galleries will soon be updated with new paintings but if you want to come see them in person my husband, Bill, and I will have a tent set up at the Edmond Libertyfest Rodeo this weekend June 29th and 30th. Visit Edmond Round Up Club website for more details


Discover Oklahoma Interview

Last year I was fortunate enough to have my artwork featured in the September 24 edition of Discover Oklahoma Magazine! It was a little intimidating but really fun process and the interviewer Lisanne Anderson really made it a pleasure. You can take a look at the video at or at YouTube


Reception for Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center

No More Open Range on Gate Display

Thanks to family and friends who came  to celebrate with me at the Artist Reception yesterday! Anybody who missed the reception can still come see my work through the end of September at the Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center just off I-35 at the Davis/Sulphur exit. It is a really nice facility and I was impressed with the number of travelers who stopped by.

Reception Invitation

Please join us at the

Chickasaw Nation

Welcome Center

for the

Featured Artist Reception


Margaret A. Dillard

Saturday July 16, 2016

1:00 – 3:00 pm

The Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center is located on the Southwest corner of I-35 exit 55 (Davis/Sulphur exit)

Welcome center displaylight refreshments will be served

Featured Artist Exhibit at the Chickasaw Welcome Center

Welcome center display

This week began my 4 month exhibit at the Chickasaw Welcome Center! I’m so honored to have been asked to be a featured artist! My husband Bill and I met with Kelley Lunsford with the Chickasaw Nation Dept of Commerce to hang the work up. We had a wonderful time visiting with her and the staff there! The Chickasaw Welcome center is located just off I-35 on the SW corner of the Davis/Sulphur exit (#55). They will present an Artists reception for me on Saturday, July 16 from 1 – 3 pm with refreshments and a chance to meet and greet. I hope all my friends can come by to see me that afternoon, it should be a fun party!


Just got back from the Southeastern Tribes Artists Show and Market in Talequah Ok. This is held in conjunction with the Annual Chickasaw Festival every year. This is my second year to compete and show. I didn’t win any prizes but still felt like I had a great weekend. I sold one original oil painting and delivered a pencil drawing that had been commissioned earlier. I had a great time visiting with the other artists at the show. There is such a wealth of talent in the Southeastern tribes! So of course I’ve come back with lots of inspiration for new things to do!

Birthday Books!

My Mom treated me to a lavish homemade dinner along with some cash for my birthday so I bought myself some new art books! I’ve been studying in them this week and doing some practice sketches along with the illustrations in the Facial Expressions book. It’s been a long time since I’ve studied some of the fundamental drawing principles and I must admit to feeling quite rusty at it.

It was a good time to take to pencil and paper as my studio is in chaos at the moment because we got a beautiful new patio door. This meant we had to move some things out of the space for the workers. I needed to get in there and do a good clean out and reorganize anyway.

I missed my first class of this session with Carol Armstrong because of the yearly sinus infection/plague. 😦  Downtime has been good study time though.

art book sketch
Sketching along with my new Facial Expressions book.

Bert Seabourn American Expressionist

Bert Seabourn

Bill and I went to the Opening Reception tonight for Bert’s exhibition at the Gaylord Pickens Museum. It was a wonderful showing. I love the paintings Bert makes. He does capture moods and movement in his artwork. I love all the color! I love the humor he often brings in through his titles. I’ve really learned a lot from Bert over the years. And I’ve truly enjoyed the time spent with him. It’s good to see him still going so strong!

You can really tell a Bert Seabourne painting when you see one. That “style” or “branding” is something I see discussed a lot in articles about the business of art. I’m not sure I’ve fully developed my style yet although I am beginning to see some consistency in my work. I’m still torn between wanting the freedom of Bert’s style and wanting to achieve the control and realism of Carol Armstrong’s work. Maybe I’m just too afraid of “getting it wrong” When you paint something with realism you know whether it’s “right” because it looks like what you intended to paint. With the expressionistic work there is that uncertainty of not knowing exactly what is “right” when to stop or when to go on. I guess I’ll just keep painting and see what comes of it!


It’s been a hot couple of days at the campus of OCCC and looks like today will be hot as well. It will make packing up at 4pm today a little less sad though!

I’ve enjoyed the festival so much again this year! It’s wonderful to connect with old friends and make new ones! There are really a lot of nice people out there!!

I’m so grateful to all the people who braved the heat and crowds to come out and see the show! And thanks to so many who made positive comments about my work, that means a lot to me.

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