Margarete Bagshaw was the daughter and grand daughter of famed pueblo Indian motif-women painters. Her mother was Helen Hardin (1943-1984), and her grandmother was Pablita Velarde (1918-2006). When Bagshaw was a young adult her mother became ill, and when her mother died, she left school, got married, and worked in a succession of jobs including that of waitress, car salesperson, and manager of an art gallery. Although she had been raised around working artists, she did not begin her own career until after the birth of her second child. Aware and admiring of the successful artistic reputations of her mother and grandmother, Bagshaw, nevertheless, wanted to develop her own style and became proud that she found her own art. Her colorful abstract* paintings are full of complex patterns and subtle shading, and are inspired, not by Native American motifs, but by her responses to her own feelings and to a sense of spiritualism. Also, while living in the Virgin Islands, she produced a number of clay pieces.