Margaux Hymel is a New Orleans local artist and New Orleans native, born with a love for art. Favoring pencils and crayons at first, her go-to subjects for drawings were always people. She received her BA from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2009. She then went on to achieve her MFA in painting and drawing from LSU in the Spring of 2012. She currently resides in the Garden District of New Orleans, working out of her home studio. 

As a New Orleans local painter , and an original New Orleans artist , her works have been featured in galleries across the city.


Margaux finds her inspiration in the eccentric characters, sights, and scenes discovered on a daily basis in the streets of New Orleans. Working almost entirely in acrylic, she creates large-scale figurative paintings on canvas. The subjects in her paintings are all lively and joyous beings, celebrating their pride.

With an idea for a costume or form in mind, Margaux starts her paintings with a rough sketch using pastels. She builds layers of paint with broad brushwork. Pastels are sparingly used to define line work, suggest movement and create texture. 

Having several wonderful gay friends who are drag queens, she has been exposed to private dressing rooms before their show. Enamored with the dazzling two hour transformations and impressed by the talent and dedication it took to create these costumes, she found a spark to represent this world in her current series “Painted Ladies” and “Costumes and Queens”. Her paintings explore the notion that gender is no longer black and white but an array of colors as expressed through the use of bright color schemes. Her work showcases the fun in expressing oneself and toy with the concept of androgyny.