The vibrant, whimsical work of Margaret “Meps” Schulte carries messages of hope and generosity. She loves to paint and hang surprise portraits of friends, which evoke exclamations of delight when they find their lives and stories celebrated as public art.
She is best-known as the muralist for the Burning Man Department of Mutant Vehicles, where her work has a prominent location in Black Rock City, a temporary city of 80,000 people. Her studio is located in Dunedin, Florida.
Meps says: “I painted my first mural in the family bathroom at age 13. Although no photos remain, I remember the composition clearly! A group of people, accompanied by a pet bunny, peered through a false window behind the toilet, pointing and laughing. I learned a lot about art from the reactions of people who went into that bathroom — most people chuckled, but others were disturbed.”
Coming at the end of September, 2020: “Dunedin Rocks,” a park bench for the Pinellas Trail in Dunedin, Florida that celebrates the inclusive and interactive art of painting rocks and hiding them for strangers to find. Look for it near the intersection of the Pinellas Trail and State Route 580.