Margo Maeckelberghe’s paintings feature the evocative landscapes of her native Cornwall, as well as views from the Isles of Scilly and of coastal rockscapes, seas and skies. In capturing the drama of the Penwith peninsula and Atlantic coast, she found her creative voice by emphasising her deep connection with the wild landscape of West Cornwall, its weather, its colour, its forms and spaces.
Margo Maeckelberghe was born in Penzance in 1932. She studied art at the Bath Academy of Art from 1949 to 1952, and later the Penzance School of Art. During this early period of her work, she was influenced by her Corsham tutors William Scott, for whom she also worked as a studio assistant. She taught in London and then Gibraltar for two years before returning to live in Cornwall, to settle and live with her Belgian-born husband Willy Maeckelberghe. She was a long-time member of the Newlyn Society of Artists and exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. Her work is in many public collections including those of Exeter University and Cornwall Council.