Margaret Bayalis began painting at an early age and was attracted to the human figure as a subject. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Montclair State University in 1971. After moving to Delaware in 1973, she studied graphic design/illustration at the University of Delaware, and spent thirteen years as the director of publications at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. Her artistic skills were further employed as a courtroom artist and in freelance illustration work. Margaret brings these experiences into her paintings with a sharp eye for composition, color and the use of people as subjects.
Over the years, she explored the use of various media including pastels, colored pencil and watercolors eventually settling on her preferred medium of oil paint. The use of oils enabled her to create rich, luminous color giving greater vibrancy to her figurative work. She found critical acclaim and collectors for these works throughout the northeast and exhibited works at galleries in Rehoboth Beach and Wilmington, Delaware, including the Delaware Art Museum.
In 2002, Margaret moved to St. Petersburg, Florida where she now maintains a studio. Working as a full-time artist allows Margaret to be fully immersed in her exploration of the figure as a subject in her studio as well as doing direct observation painting en plein air. Noted for her rich palette and painterly style, Margaret has received numerous awards and critical recognition for her paintings which have been exhibited throughout Florida and the northeast in galleries and museums. Her work has also been selected for inclusion in national and international juried shows. Her paintings are in numerous private and corporate collections including the Wilmington Trust Company, Wilmington, Delaware, the Maryland Bank of North America, Wilmington, Delaware, and the Milford Medical Associates, Pennsylvania.
Margaret’s oil paintings have been included in the 2015 Annual Juried Exhibition of the Women Painters of the Southeast in Blue Ridge, Georgia where she received an award for the Most Outstanding Figurative painting, the 2015 National Juried exhibition in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she received a Second Place Award, the 2015 “Go with the Flow” juried exhibition at Art Center Manatee, Bradenton, Florida where she received a Second Place Award, and the 2013 Rehoboth Art League Members Show in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware receiving the prestigious Howard Schroeder Award for Figurative Painting. Other competitions include the 2015 and 2016 Women’s Works International exhibits in Woodstock, Illinois, the 2013 “Faces & Figures” National Exhibition in Punta Gorda, Florida, the Florida Museum for Women Artists in Deland, Florida, and the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Delaware. She has participated in plein air events throughout the east coast and has received awards in several competitions, including Paint & Photo Brooker Creek in Tarpon Springs, Florida, Paint the Cape in Cape Coral, Florida, and the Adirondack Plein Air Festival in Saranac Lake, New York. Margaret also teaches her painting techniques in Florida and the northeast where her workshops are popular and well attended.