The formalized art education of Margaret B. Dean took place at a small liberal arts college in New Rochelle, New York. Here, under the tutelage of Earnest Thorne Thompson, she was not only exposed to many facets of the creative process, but also followed the necessary curriculum to certify her as an art teacher in her home state of Connecticut. After graduation, she was employed by the Farmington, Connecticut Board of Education, and taught for a number of years in their school system. Further education also took place at this time at Central Connecticut State University. Their final requirement for the art education masters program there, resulted in her first one-man show in oil painting.
Marriage, family commitments, and relocation several times in the following years left her little time to pursue her own personal goals at this time. It was not until she enrolled in several courses in the Lyme Academy of Art in Lyme, Connecticut that she was able to continue with her love of oil painting. Several instructors there, were very influential in her development and Margaret credits the commitment at the Academy to strong academic training as having a positive effect on her work.
More recently, the artist has discovered the plein air genre of art. She has been fortunate enough to continue study with some of the best nationally known instructors who share this commitment to working on location. She strongly believes that this aspect of painting not only provides her with the greatest of challenges, but also the richest rewards.
Margaret is currently serving as president of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society. She is also an elected member of the New Haven Paint and Clay Club and the Lyme Art Association as well as several Connecticut shoreline art leagues. She is very proud of her national affiliations with the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. She resides on the beautiful Connecticut shoreline where she enjoys sharing with her students her love for capturing “that moment in time.”