Margaret Scott was born in Opunake, Taranaki, and has lived all her life on the Taranaki coast.
She taught polytechnic and art night classes in the early years when her children were young and then for 10 years she was Head of Art at Opunake High School.
Scott predominantly works in acrylic paint, but also does some watercolours and mixed media. She has produced several designs for others to produce, such as Jason Products placemats the ‘Sea Bounty’ series. Scott describes her work in terms of a personal symbolism based on the experiences of her life and the environment where she lives. "I am still a very active artist," Scott says, and "mentor to groups and schools and still run painting workshops." (email to PAH, March 26, 2023).