Margaret Loxton was born in London in 1938 and only began painting in 1981. Within three years of putting brush to canvas, she won the prestigious painting prize at the 1984 City of London Festival. In 1986, she was invited to exhibit at several French museums, including the Musée Fabre, Montpelier, where she attracted the attention of the French media. During this time, she travelled the French countryside and developed a deep affection and empathy for the way of life she found there. The result was an exhibition at the Rona Gallery in 1989 and a second in September 1990. Her work has been praised for its sense of colour, strength of composition and gentle humour, and can now been found in numerous private collections around the world. She was the first artist to be sponsored by The Bridgeman Art Library.