Margret Carde creates ephemeral, pastel-colored scenes influenced by her emotional experiences and the thrill of viewing open land and sky. A picture begins with her recollection of the place, and as it develops, the oil-based pastels she uses come to express emotive connotations through the colors they present. In this manner, her works gracefully refuse to declare anything specific, opting instead to remain open like the landscapes and skies they depict.
What’s essential to Carde’s works is that they present neutrality to viewers’ eyes; their artistry lies in not giving away too much or delivering some message too explicitly. In one work, titled Into Grace, a figure is placed on a road to give a sense of the stature of the cloud formation above him. And in another work, Late Afternoon Rain, a massive orange-hued cloud passes over a grassy field. Is the cloud filled with portentousness and foreboding, or is it simply drifting through the sky? Either way, it has its place in the picture as an object of contemplative beauty.