The Moment Eternal
Born in Toronto April 18th, 1959, McGregor started oil painting at the age of eight while attending O.C.A.’s art program for young students. She was given advanced standing into OCA in 1981 by the late Eric Freefield. After graduating in 1984, McGregor was one of 25 students with all honours selected for independent study in Italy where she spent her fifth year painting landscapes, figures and portraits. She stayed on after the school term and worked for the Castell di Uzzano, a ninety room Tuscan castle and winery, as an in-house artist. McGregor sketched and painted the castle’s grand gardens and countryside. She was also invited to paint the famous gardens of the magificent villa, Vin Maggio, where Mona Lisa was said to have once lived. After a year of painting in Italy, she returned to Canada and set to work on two large commissions and permanent, publicly displayed Art Collections.
McGregor is greatly influenced by the Impressionists, Expressionists and Fauvists painters. One of her most important teachers was the late Canadian Expressionist Portrait painter, Gerald Scott, who was best friends with Fredrick Horseman Varley. After being on a landscape, painting trip in Parry Sound, she found herself mesmerized by one of Scott’s portraits inside a church converted into an art studio. McGregor sought out Scott as a teacher and he asked her to join his Forest Hill Fine Art Club workshops where he taught portrait oil painting. She studied with him on weekends while attending OCA full time. Scott loved to tell her stories about the reclusive, red-headed Varley. McGregor’s own paintings are a reflection of her admiration for Gerald Scott and Fredrick Horseman Varley although her work is very recognizable as her own. To add to this connection with Varley, one of McGregor’s portraits was featured on a televised documentary about the history of the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto and the Group of Seven who founded it.
McGregor most recently displayed her new oil paintings in the Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery and the Varley Art Gallery juried art shows. Seven of her portraits were on exhibition for more than a year at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s ‘In Your Face Show’, three of which were featured in their showcase. McGregor was the The Frameworks Foundation’s first prize award winner in 2005. Frameworks reproduced her work and presented it to twenty prominent people including the Mayor of Toronto.
2007-08 Capturing the Human Spirit Varley Art Gallery, Toronto
2007 Convergence The Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound
2006-07 The People’s Portrait Project Group Exhibition AGO, Toronto
2005-06 National Ballet of Canada Paintings The Arts and Letters Club, Toronto
2005 The Hummingbird Centre Juried Spring Art Show Toronto
2005 The Framework Foundation Timeraiser CBC Broadcast Centre, Toronto
2004 Paintings from the Third Floor Arts and Letters Club, Toronto
Wallpaper and Fabric designs from 1994 – 2001 have been published, printed and sold worldwide in numerous wallpaper books and advertisements such as Sunworthy, Imperial Wallcoverings, Martha Stewart, Disney, Togo, Mattel and many others. Various top-selling designs are still being sold and are visible on the web.
The Children’s Wish Foundation
St. Matthew’s/ St. John’s Church
Big Sisters of Peel
The Canadian Helen Keller Center
2005 Community Timepiece First Prize Award Winner Frameworks Foundation
1968 –1970 Ontario College of Art Youth Drawing Program
1972 –1977 Thistletown C.I. Graduated with Major in Art
1979 –1981 OCA 8 Part-time Fine Art courses
1981 –1984 OCA Graduated with Diploma in Fine Arts
1982 –1984 Forest Hill Fine Art Club Portrait Painting
1984 –1985 OCA Fifth Year Independent Study, Italy
A 2005 episode of the television show ‘Structures’ documented The Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. The show focused on the history of The Group of Seven and featured one of McGregor’s portraits in the third floor studio where she paints weekly.