I was first introduced to Margaret's work at the Collectors Gallery in Calgary a number of years ago. She lived in the Rosebud region and rode her bike to Banff each summer with a canvas tent and art supplies. She painted her bike orange to be seen as she had been hit on the highway. Her work and her dedication to her craft is inspirational.
To learn more, visit the website dedicated to her and her work:
Mary Schaeffer Warren
Mary created botanical illustrations of the wildflowers in Banff and Jasper National Park, visiting the backcountry in order to document the wildflowers in existence. She was one of the first women to explore off the beaten track. One of the highlights of my many trips to Banff is viewing her pochade at the Whyte Museum.
To learn more, please visit the Banff Jasper Collection.