Margaret Carter Baumgaertner's notable commissions have included governors, congressman, chief executive officers, actors, physicians, and families.
Baumgaertner has a strong feeling for the traditions of portraiture and takes inspiration from the many American (Sargent, Decamp), European (Romney, Raeburn) and Russian (Kromskoy, Repin) Masters. Fine portraiture, she believes, "transcends contemporary elements and projects a timeless quality". Baumgaertner majored in medical illustration and microbiology and worked eight years as a freelance medical illustrator before beginning her career in portraiture. She studied at Atelier Lack and the Cape School (Provincetown, Massachusetts) and well as with Cedric Egeli, John Howard Sanden, Richard Whitney and Daniel Greene. She is a member of the American Society of Portrait Artists and is represented by Portrait Brokers of America. She teaches workshops in both charcoal and oil portraiture, and her paintings hang in public and private collections not only in the United States, but in Europe and Russia.
Margaret Carter Baumgaertner's distinctive style reflects a type of portraiture that is dignified, finely executed, and always respectful of the traditions from which portrait art has risen.
Completion of DVD, Painting the Corporate Portrait, A Painting of Peter Keefe, April 2006.
Faculty member and demonstrator, Portrait Society of American 2006 Portrait Conference, Dallas, TX.
Faculty member and demonstrator, Portrait Society of American 2005 Portrait Conference, Washington, DC.
Published the article, "How to Compose a Better Painting: Casting a Spell," October 2004, The Artist's Magazine.
Published the article, "Built to Last," February 2003, The Artist's Magazine.
Completion of tape video, Painting the Head in Sauce, a Portrait of Denise, March 2003.
Published the cover article, "Ivan Kramskoy, Leader of the Itinerants," December 2002, The Portrait Signature, ASOPA.
Faculty member and demonstrator, Portrait Society of America 2001 Portrait Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
Best of Show in the Portrait Society of America 2000 Portrait Competition, portrait of The Charlton Family.
Completion of twelve tape video series, Painting the Head in Oil, a Portrait of Megan, March, 2000.
Finalist in the American Society of Portrait Artists 1998 Portrait Competition, portrait of Clare.
Selected Best Portfolio at the American Society of Portrait Artists 1998 Portrait Competition.
Finalist in The Artist's Magazine 1997 Art Competition, Portrait category; portrait of Janice selected one of 50 finalists from over 10,000 entries.
Portrait of Clare accepted into the 1997 Oil Painters of America Show held in Taos, New Mexico.
Portrait of Clare selected for inclusion in book, Best of Portrait Painting published by Northlight Books, 1997.
Finalist in the 1996 Lana International Art Competition; drawing of The Piper.
Finalist in the 1996 National Portrait Competition, presented by the National Portrait Society and American Artists Magazine; portrait of Anya, Russian Girl selected one of 30 finalists from over 3,500 entries.
Published the cover article, "Erase the Mysteries of Portraiture," May 1996, The Artist's Magazine.
Finalist in the 1993 National Portrait Competition, sponsored by the National Portrait Society; portrait of Cowboy Paul receives an Award of Merit.
Finalist in the 1991 National Portrait Competition, sponsored by the National Portrait Society; portrait of Jennifer receives an Award of Merit.