10 Questions to the Artist – Margie Welek Fagan

With each new exhibit at C2C, I continue my conversations with our featured artists.  Margie Welek Fagan moved to Grand Haven about a year ago.  She spent most of her life in the Kansas City area.  I met Margie last summer.  Our introduction grew into an idea about an exhibit.  Here are Margie’s answers to our “Ten questions to the artist”.


What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?

At times, when I am filled with an emotion and have difficulty expressing myself in words, I will pick up my brushes and allow my feelings to pour out on the canvas. Those moments tend to be some of my best creations.

Do you have an influence or theme that guides your work?

I’m influenced by the world around me, whether it be the vibrancy of a sunset, the captivating roar of the ocean waves, the change of seasons…they all offer something unique and speak deeply to me.  I’d like to add that music is a must for me when painting…many times the piece I am working on is titled after a particular song/artist I chose to listen to over and over again until it was complete! One of my favorites was entitled ‘someone like you’ by Van Morrison which now graces the walls of a business man in Kalamazoo!

Someone Like YouSomeone Like You – sold

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

That’s a mixed bag.  A freelance writer/photographer that traveled the world. Ok, better yet, a professional tourist! Having minored in psychology, I often wondered what life would have been like if I had chosen the path of being a family therapist. Rewarding, to say the least.

What profession would you not like to do?


Who are your favorite artists?

Monet, Van Gogh

What is your favorite tool used to create your work?

Palette knives

Margie Welek Fagan

What is your favorite word?


What is your least favorite word?


Who is your favorite musician?

Van Morrison

How much formal education have you received? Related to your craft.

Majored in Housing and Interior Design. Focus was on color, texture, creativity and spacial design, which was a wonderful, segue into art/painting. 

I appreciate Margie’s taking the time to answer our questions.  Please stop in to see her paintings in the gallery through April.