Margot Trout was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1937. She was educated at the Rhode Island School of Design where she received a BFA in painting. She also holds an MA in art education from Hunter College of the City of New York and an MFA in painting from the University of Massachusetts.
During the early part of her career Ms. Trout taught part time at the Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School, the University of New Hampshire, Holyoke Community College, Mount Holyoke College and Smith College. In 1978 she accepted a full time appointment to teach drawing and painting at the Maine College of Art where she remained for ten years. When she was offered a position as Visiting Artist at Mount Holyoke College she moved to western Massachusetts where she still lives. She retired from teaching in 1997 and is now painting full time.
Ms. Trout's work has been exhibited widely in Maine, Massachusetts and New York. Her paintings are in collections all over the country and she has had two museum exhibitions, one at the Payson Gallery in Westbrook, Maine and another at the Mount Holyoke College Museum of Art.
Ms. Trout has a heated mobile studio on a truck which allows her to travel to various locations and to paint in all weathers and seasons. She is interested in the way consciousness is transformed by painting and how these changes are reflected in her perception of the landscape.
Forty years ago in my senior year at RISD my work in painting led me to a profound transformation of consciousness. As a result of this experience and repetitions of it with my own work and that of others, I have come to believe that the purpose of the arts is the evolution of awareness. It seems that artists are drawn to whatever kind of work accomplishes this for them and their work, in turn, makes their discoveries available to the culture. Landscape painting functions that way for me. When I first go out to paint, the countryside seems very ordinary and uninteresting. Then my perception shifts and it becomes intensely meaningful, as if I have access to another dimension of reality. When the paintings are successful in transmitting this experience to others the cycle is complete.
Margot Trout's mobile studio allows her to paint on location in all kinds of weather.