on Saturday 4 November 2017.

‘This was a most enjoyable day. It was good to see and spend time with so many  familiar faces, and also with those who are new to my work’.

Especially for this event Margaret had brought her ideas books, and sketch books, to demonstrate just how she goes  about creating her work.

Many of you will know her pictures – they reflect  life spent in and around her Yorkshire home during her childhood years, and it is the humour, warmth and detail in Margaret’s work that reflect those days – and makes  it  so very appealing.

There is a permanent display of all Margaret’s prints and  a wide range of  originals at the       JOHN BIRD STUDIO 3 Dower House Square, Bawtry DN10 6LS

Meet the Artist day is now an annual event, and is a great day for everyone.

Meet the Artist Day at Fast Frame Gallery

Margaret at work


MEET THE ARTIST DAY   – 2 September 2017

It was great to see so many familiar faces, as well as those new to Margaret’s work, with lots to talk about and catching-up to do, as well as plenty of paintings and prints to see.

Margaret worked on studies for her forthcoming pictures, which provoked lots of interest. She had brought along her ideas books and sketchbooks which are a good indication of how she goes about creating a piece of work.

There is always a good display of Margaret’s Original Paintings

 along with a full range of her Limited Edition Prints

at FAST FRAME   60 Gillygate,  
York      YO31  7EQ



Two New Originals

          Cheese and Biscuits

Cheese and Biscuits

Going to the grocer’s was a real treat – the sights; the smells; the colours; and the things to touch and explore. It also held the prospect, however improbable,  of there being some treat or other on offer. The tins of biscuits with their glass-topped displays  were so very enticing – the biscuits on show were probably just imitation – oh, but we could smell them, almost taste them . . . . . and  longed to be able to get at them!

We used to hope that Mum would have some bacon, then would watch in total fascination as the large round shiny blade sliced cleanly through the bacon joint, and the rashers fall so sweetly onto the flat, greaseproof paper that was held across the grocer’s palm.






Mystery Players

Mystery Players

We would beg and borrow, or rummage among the deep drawers and huge wardrobes, to find whatever we could – feather boas; hats of all kinds; fancy curtains; Mum or Dad’s clothes and shoes that were miles too big; then we would strut about with panache and great delight.

With a backdrop of sheets on the clothes-line, and an audience of neighbours to encourage us, we would perform a hastily written ‘play’ that usually made very little sense to anyone but ourselves, but it would go on and on until one or more of us ended up in fits of giggles.








These two originals have been reproduced as

 Limited Edition Prints

Both of these are limited editions of 200, using high quality paper and inks, with each print numbered and signed by me.    They are available from several framing galleries – but I think the best ones are below.

Each of these has a good selection of my work, and will post things out.

John Bird Studio, Bawtry,

Fast Frame, York ,                        email:

Picture Parade, Killamarsh,    email –

Picture The Past

Margaret meets up again with the Picture Parade team, Keith, Darren and James, in what was a very successful ‘Meet the Artist’ day in January 2016.

Picture Parade in Killamarsh has, over the years, become one of South Yorkshire’s most popular venues and suppliers of Margaret’s affectionate studies of life in the forties and fifties. It was nice to see so many familiar faces and also get to know new collectors.

Turning Back The Pages

A truly delightful collection of stories that captures the pace and texture of life in a Nottinghamshire  mining village during the 1940s and 50s.

There is warmth, humour and wit in these closely observed tales of boyhood. The book is lavishly illustrated throughout by Margaret.

Price £16 + £3.50 p&p (uk)

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