“’There is nothing more to be said or to be done to-night, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable ways of our fellow men.’”
– Arthur Conan Doyle, The Five Orange Pips
“One wanted, she thought, dipping her brush deliberately, to be on a level with ordinary experience, to feel simply that’s a chair, that’s a table, and yet at the same time, It’s a miracle, it’s an ecstasy.”
– Virginia Woolf, To The Lighthouse
“‘The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.'”
– Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People
Small Grey Cat Studio, margaretmlin.com, was fully launched in June 2016. I showcase my artwork and provide information about my novels here.
I’m based in the Pacific Northwest, USA, land of tall trees, grey skies, and rain. Writing and painting are my main preoccupations and labors of love. If I didn’t need to sleep, I would write and paint more.
The name, Small Grey Cat Studio, is in memory of a beloved cat-friend and artistic muse to me (that’s him in the photograph).
About the Landscape Paintings
I’m a self-taught artist, bolstered by some distant university art and art history classes, and a life-long love of art. I’ve always been particularly drawn to the nineteenth century Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, and my own style reflects that. I love paths, water, trees, shadows, solitude, and mystery.
In 2016, I began transitioning from using primarily acrylic paints to what I hope are more ecologically-friendly alternatives, casein and gouache. I also avoid any of the heavy metal – based colors for the same rationale.
About the Illustrations and Children’s Books
Sometimes I’m in the mood for creating more whimsical art and stories, often inspired by my nonhuman friends.
About the Novels
My novels are most definitely not meant to be taken seriously, just provide entertainment. They’re melodramatic romances. I invent really fantastical obstacles for heroines to overcome in the path to true love, all in the cause of a happy ending. The focus is on the unfolding action and associated romantic tension rather than steamy love scenes, since that’s what I enjoy reading and writing about.
I began publishing my books in 2016. My hope is to put out at least one new work per year, more if I’m able to, until I’ve decided I’ve reused my romance clichés too many times (if that’s possible).