We had the good fortune of connecting with Magda Plagge and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Magda, why did you pursue a creative career?
A career is over time, and through my life I’ve found art to be something I’m very passionate about; specifically painting. When I was a child I used to create things with whatever I found around me. I always had a project in mind or imagined creating things with what I saw. I can say that my passion for the visual arts has always been in my heart, but 6 years ago I decided to start exhibiting my work throughout North Dallas. I’ve had two solo shows in the last 2 years – one at The Cove in McKinney, and one at Clink Wine Bar in Flower Mound. Currently, I have a solo show at the Greater Denton Art Council in Denton, Texas. It is open to the public with no entry fee until December 16, 2023. In this exhibition I have also dedicated a wall to the art work of some of my students called “Ladders and The Next Gen Art Wall.”

I love for people to admire and be inspired by my abstract art paintings. It brings joy to me and I want it to bring joy to others as well.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In this particular season I am exploring the different elements of abstract art. My abstract paintings have a way of expressing many emotions through the use of many colors. As I mix the colors, I enjoy creating many fun textures that bring peace to me and my viewers. I also like to work with many layers and use scraping or slashing techniques that bring in a different dynamic.

My series of abstract paintings is inspired by my life. Each layer is full of colors and feelings I have throughout the day. Oftentimes it takes days or weeks before I finish a painting. Life is full of different experiences including ups and downs, but at the end of the day – and in the finished painting – I reflect on the beauty of life and all the many “colors” we experience.

How did I get to where I am? I began with myself; recognizing that my art is valuable and can be enjoyed by others. I’ve had some training through school, but that just helped to lay the foundation. I’ve had to “knock on many doors” and submit my works to galleries that were not easy to enter, develop relationships, and really dedicate the time to look for places to display my work. There is a lot of perseverance and patience in the process, but it’s been a great investment in my life to be able to do something I’m really passionate about.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend were to visit me, I would love to take her to the Arboretum and Botanical Garden. I love all the flowers and scenery as you walk through the paths. After the day visit here, I would stop by the CANVAS Hotel on a night when they have an art exhibition happening. The top floor is where they have the exhibitions. It’s a fun environment with a great view of the city.

The Perot Museum, Clyde Warren Park, the Dallas World Aquarium, and the Fort Worth Stockyards (for a little longhorn experience) would be other things we would do. There’s so many options, but we would also enjoy some international cuisine. Dallas has become such a melting pot of cultures that there are lots of fun places to eat and experience cultures.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a big shoutout to my husband and family for their support through the years. I also want to recognize Lina Rincon who pushed me to begin exhibiting my art and gave me lots of helpful tips along the way. The Visual Arts Guild of Frisco and The Cove in McKinney have been great springboards into the wonderful North Dallas communities and allowed me to meet some great new friends and display my work.

Website: https://www.artbymagda.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/magdaplagge

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/magdaplaggeart/

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