Margaret Haven has over 40 years experience as an artist, having received her training through workshops, private instruction, and apprenticeships. She has designed and created stained glass windows, murals, paintings, and decorative finishes for designers, developers, and individuals throughout the Midwest, D.C. and East Coast.
A native of Michigan, Margaret studied pottery in Ann
and then became enchanted by the fragile and elegant nature of stained glass. While working as a career counselor and raising two daughters, she learned the finer techniques of designing and producing stained glass artwork. She opened her first studio, "WhistleStar" in Tawas, Michigan on the shores of Lake Huron, filling commissions and showing in art fairs. Her original architectural stained glass designs have resulted in dozens of beautiful windows and doors.
Margaret's interest in painting led her from a counseling career to painting wall murals, furniture and creating wall finishes for the clients of interior designers. For four years she also worked part-time as an artisan for Niermann Weeks, whose unique hand painted "Old World" furniture designs were displayed in the major design centers and sold worldwide. When her commissioned work demanded all her time, Haven Studios became her full-time career.
Haven studios contracted in 1995-96 to paint murals for fifteen schools in Anne Arundel County. Each school called for a unique theme with several murals, some 50 feet in length. With the help of her friend Eva Cassidy and other employees, Margaret painted images that were a delight to the students.
Margaret's 'haven Windows' reflect a sense of nostalgia. "I was re-creating memories of my childhood and years with my kids", she says. With input from customers, she painted windows into their own memories. Margaret sold these paintings and other works through the Main Street Gallery in Annapolis for several years until her private commissions prevented her from keeping up an inventory.
In 2003 Margaret built a studio on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, is now retired and enjoys drawing pastel portraits, making jewelry and creating statues.