I Was Georgia O’Keeffe’s Five Year Companion

Margaret Wood, who worked for the artist Georgia O’Keefe – the Mother of American Modernism – talks about her time as chef, caregiver and companion in her final years.

In 1977, a 24-year-old woman took a job as caretaker for an elderly artist in one of New Mexico’s remote villages. The woman was Margaret Wood and their pairing launched an adventure into food and friendship that lasted a lifetime.

The artist was Georgia O’Keefe, whose paintings of enlarged, sensuous flowers, New York skyscrapers and the sublime, desert landscapes of New Mexico established her as the mother of American Modernism.