"Margaret Rinkovsky's paintings are referential to landscapes. For this artist, nature serves as the stimulus for her oeuvre, not as a literal reflection but as a private and personal interpretive experience." This quote by George Neubert, former curator at the SFMOMA, aptly describes my ongoing approach to the landscape, specifically to this series which attempts to explore memory of a place, both personal and cultural. The paintings are based on multiple observations over time, while continuing to integrate allegorical and environmental issues. Drake's Bay, for example, is a composite of disparate memories—a family memorial lunch of oysters, picking up debris on a beach walk, and watching storm clouds moving eastward while driving through the Sierra foothills. All of the paintings in this series have a similar experiential origin—memory, both visual and emotional, and thought."
George W. Neubert, Associate Director, SFMMA SECA catalogue