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About The Artist:

Margie Buchko

Discover the unique story of Margie's struggles to overcome her handicap

and the accomplishments to reach her dreams.

 

Acheviements and Facts

Selling orginal works of art since 1976, her paintings are signed as either MWB (Margaret Walter Buchko), M.Buchko, or Margaret Walter

A graduate of the Art Institute and member of The Pittsburgh Artist Society

An art teacher at CCAC, Cub Scouts, and local youth growths

At 40 years old, she received corrective glasses from the Blind Association and was finally able to pass her daylight driver's test for 10 years.

Owner of Chroma Graphics for 23 years

Numerous murals in businesses, churches, and homes in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Oklahoma in the USA

 

How an Artist was Created?

         As a young child, Margie would be drawing detailed renderings in the car as her family went anywhere. Her cousin bought her a paint set, and Margie has been creating paintings ever since she became a teenager. Her Mother was crafty, and her Dad was an Engineer. In 1976, she won first place in an art contest and sold it. At age 16, she started selling more artwork, which encouraged her in taking as many art and engineering classes available. She was elected Most Artistic in her high school class. Margie has created light and bright color contrasting paintings which are intence and realisticly demensional.

        She struggled in her academics due to her Nystagmus which she's had since birth, making it hard to read for long periods of time, seeing at a distance, or even to drive. Reading the chalkboard was impossible for her and she fully relied on her listening skills. But her parents never treated her as a handicapped child, even though, her eyes would shut down and she needed help from the blind association. Her Spirit was strong.

         So, she was determined to go to The Art Institute to further her studies. But, what she didn't know as a college graduate, was that all of her prospective employers in advertising would not accept her because she was visually impaired. It was quite noticeable that her eyes moved back and forth all of the time. Then the computer age began in her last year of college of 1984, Margie decided to continue her education in Business Management Classes and develop her knowledge at CCAC. Surprisingly, she was had accomplished excellent grades and was awarded into "Who's Who Among Students" in The American Junior College Book. She proved to herself that she could do well in academics in spite of her blindness.

         In 1985, her mother passed away rather young, following Margie's grandmother's death 4 months prior. This devastation transformed her, questioning death. Seeking to know her purpose in life, Margie became a Christian.

         She married Joseph Buchko, a printer, in 1991. They joined together a partnership in more ways than one. She developed a business plan for their company. As the owners of Chroma Graphics, they served many companies advertising needs: creating many products like: menus, brochures, forms, business cards, signs, apparel, images for websites, print ads,logo designs, murals, vehicle and window lettering. In 2015, they opened a Boutique for the refinishing and hand-painted furniture and decorated household items. Margie continues to paint murals and custom paintings for companies.

         Determined and creative, Margie excels at many different types of projects even with physical obstacles. She is also a mother of two brilliant boys. No doubt, her strength and amazing talent comes from her Creator. She has always searched for wisdom and is very much into education. She is of kinder spirit and believes in self dissaplant, acheiving accomplishments and knows you can overcome handicapps with aduptations and faith.


 
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