Margaret was born in the Peace River country of Northern Alberta and became interested in art at an early age. She recalls with fondness, the changing seasons in the Peace Country and attributes her rural upbringing for the love of nature and rural people that are reflected in her paintings.She has completed several murals in the city of Edmonton and the County of Strathcona, including murals for the African Suites at the Fantasyland Hotel, the 2000 Alberta Winter Games, and the murals at the Ardrossan and Fultonvale arenas.
She is a member of Art Society of Strathcona County (ASSC), the Society of Western Canadian Artists (SWCA) and the Sculptor’s Association of Alberta. She is past president of the Art Society of Strathcona County. In 2000, she served as Visual Arts Coordinator for the 2000 Alberta Winter Games. Margaret received the Pride of Strathcona award in 2002.
Klappstein paints with passion and tries to represent different moods in her paintings. Margaret has taken art courses through the U of A, U of A Extension and has completed workshops with Arleta Pech, Jack Reid, Jerry Heine, Charles Spratt, Brain Atyeo, Jim Adrain, Arne Westerman, David Keiller, Eileen Rocher-Sutton, Gene Prokop and many other accomplished art instructors.
Continuously striving to improve her technique she continues to take workshops and courses to upgrade her skills. As well, she teaches art lessons in Sherwood Park, and Fort Saskatchewan. Although Margaret Klappstein works in all mediums, her favorites are oils and watercolors.