Margaret van Bulck Smith is an award-winning fine-art nature photographer with a career spanning academia, photography, public accounting, and economics. She conducts photography workshops and is an adjunct instructor at the University of South Carolina. Her photographs and essays have been published regionally and nationally. Her work has won regional, national and international awards and has been exhibited in a wide variety of venues. Smith enjoys photographing wildlife in their natural habitat, especially grizzlies, wolves, wild mustangs, and most any animals near water. Her work includes printing large-scale (40″ x 60″) images of water reflections on paired layers of silk charmeuse and silk chiffon with acid- dye inks. She also works with encaustic to create tactile images of intimate ocean encounters and enjoys printing on metal and metal leaf, working with Van Dyke Brown, image transfers and various other alternative processes.
Smith completed her Masters of Fine Art (MFA) in photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is originally from Sumter, South Carolina. She now resides in Bishopville, SC. She is married to Martin Smith, a retired principal from Florence, SC. She has two grown children, Marc and Sydney van Bulck