Margaret was born and raised in Charleston, SC. She sold her first painting to her teacher in the third grade. After attending the SC Governor's School for the Arts in high school, she continued her arts education at Wake Forest, graduating with a minor in Studio Art.
Back in her hometown, she tried her hand at launching an oil painting career. She made it as far as hosting a solo exhibit at the Historic Charleston Foundation during Charleston's French Quarter Art Walk before marrying and moving to Missouri.
Three daughters later and back in Charleston, she began drawing pencil portraits- at first for other preschool mothers, and eventually through Charleston Children's Boutique. After another move to Upstate South Carolina, and another daughter- adopted from Albania- she picked up her art supplies again, but this time with a longing to work in color.