Margit Sampogna paints in oils primarily and has been heavily influenced by the Renaissance, Dutch masters and European painters of the 19th century. Her subject matter reflects her personal encounters in her daily life be it birds, animals, nature or interesting “stuff” that evoke personal memories. A botanical theme is frequently observed reflecting her passion for the natural world and its preservation. She enjoys realism as a painting style as she is captivated by the effect of light on form and colour.
Born in 1954 in Denmark, Margit grew up in the west end of Toronto with many summers spent in her homeland. She was accustomed to seeing ordinary homes filled with original oils and she enjoyed watching her grandfather paint. He provided her with a variety of basic quality art supplies from a young age and so the lifelong interest in art was fostered.
She participates in many juried shows and won an award from the prestigious Post Office and BT Art Club in London England; recognized as the oldest art club in England and acknowledged by the royal family.
Her painting of the “Bloodroot” was chosen to be included in the publication: “Oakridge’s Moraine, Connecting with Nature”, Artists preserving the Moraine with Paint – The publication raised thousand dollars for the Moraine preservation efforts.
She offered art courses in 2012 and 2014 in the summer arts program at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario and currently offers private instruction in her studio.
Her work can be found in private collections in Canada, USA, England, Australia and Germany.