Margaret Crenson

Since moving to the Hudson Valley, I have discovered many things to paint. Aside from the more personal, such as household objects and pets, there are highways with cars and trucks, country roads, old buildings, interesting landscapes and farm fields. Atmosphere, light, and shadow are very important to me.

My principal medium is oil, often mixed with a little cold wax, applied with a single palette knife. The simplicity of this method appeals to me. Though I somethimes work on site, I much prefer the studio, using sketches, photos or just imagination.

Painted Cities

Travels Abroad

Inkjet Prints


Other Works


A Celebration of Margaret Crenson's Life and Art

Margaret Phillips Crenson, daughter of Holmead and Elisabeth Phillips passed away April 20th at her home in La Grange, New York. Her husband of forty six years, Dick Crenson was by her side.

Born in New York City in 1934, Margaret is survived by her two children, David Hanson of California and Alexandra Crenson of Saratoga Springs, a sister, Christiana MacDonald of Great Britain, a niece, Laura MacDonald of Scotland and two grandchildren, Will and Elisabeth Eisler of Saratoga.

After graduating from Rye High School in 1952, Margaret studied painting at the Art Students League with Edwin Dickenson.

Art was a major part of her life and she was well known for her talent, integrity and modesty. She took as much delight in capturing the beauty of a simple curve in a country road as well as the raw power of a diesel truck on the Thruway.

Becoming a vegetarian as a teenager, Margaret respected life to such a degree that before vacuuming a room, she would safely relocate any spiders or insects.

Margaret and her husband moved to the Hudson Valley in 1980 where they remodeled a small cabin into a two story house doing most of the work themselves. Once settled, they started a house decorating business which they called Spouse and Spouse. Let Spouse and Spouse Paint Your House was the ad they used for many years in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Margaret was an excellent paper hanger and could easily paint a matching border with regular house paint.

In 1995 with a grant from the Dutchess Arts Council, she painted a mural 20 feet high and 60 feet long mainly by herself on the side of a Poughkeepsie furniture store. It is called Kipsy the Hudson River Serpent.

Despite her slight build and quiet nature, Margaret produced an amazing amount of work, securing much love and respect among her acquaintances, especially artists at the Barrett House, an art center where she was a member and supporter for many years.

The family wishes to thank neighbors, friends, Hospice and most especially, John Cassavant, a Hospice Aide, for his exceptional, professional and sympathetic help at a difficult time.

Margaret's family and friends have planned a celebration of her life and art, to which you are invited. Saturday, May 28, 2:30 pm, at the Friends Meeting House, 249 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY.


Born New York city 1934
Studied at Cooper Union and Art Students League of New York

Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Poughkeepsie, NY
Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Star Gallery, Cape Cod, Mass.
Donskoj & Company, Kingston, N.Y.

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, N.Y.
Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Poughkeepsie, N.Y
Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Woodstock Framing Gallery, Woodstock, N.Y.
Gallery 100, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, Ct.
New York Painters '04, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Three Artists, Barrett Art Center, my work being of Poughkeepsie

Dutchess Community College Library
Hudson Park Press Calendar ART OF OUR TOWN 2004 (N.Y. City scapes)

Elle Decor, Dec. 2005
Art of the Tin Can by Bob Hansson, Lark Books
Hudson Park Press: New York City Calendar, Feb. 2004 & March 2007
Hudson Home & Garden, Jan. 2006

1989 Kipsy Mural, Crannel Street, Poughkeepsie, with Dick Crenson
1988 Silhouette Mural, Poughkeepsie, with Dick Crenson
Several private murals

PUBLIC PROJECTS: Animals exhibited on the streets in summer, painted by artists
2007 Horses, Saratoga Style - life sized fiberglass horse
2007 Cat’n Around Catskill - 28’’ tall fiberglass cat
2008 Cat’n Around Catskill - 28’’ tall fiberglass cat