Glass draws with 14 karat gold, graphite (appearing silver) and gold acrylic paint not only for the delicacy of line, but also for the allure of using a semiprecious and precious metals as a drawing material. Working on a dark ground allows the gleam and luster and delicate reflective silver and gold properties of the metallic medium to present as high tones against the black ground.
Glass is interested in the tradition of using nature as idealized ornament in art and design while seeking to observe and represent these plants as accurately as possible in all their irregularity and imperfection. The metallic lines enhance the decorative qualities of the filigree patterns formed by the seed heads and leaf veining. Her compositions are tightly cropped to bring the subject as close to the edge of the picture plane as possible.
Margot Glass grew up in New York City, and studied art at The Art Students' League, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Fashion Institute of Technology. Her work explores the ephemeral through still life, nature, and botany. Glass’s work has been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally and is in private and public collections including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA, Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, IN. She currently lives and works in Western Massachusetts.