Maria Margarita Panas was born in Munich, Germany in 1946. She arrived in the U.S.A. in 1949 and subsequently became a citizen. After living in Brooklyn, NY until 1960, she moved to Michigan, where she attended Wayne State University (1963-1967) and met and married John Panas, a fellow student. They have two sons.
Margaret has been a practicing artist since 2002 and is a member of The Art League of Alexandria, VA, the Capitol Hill Art League of Washington D.C., and the Columbia Pike Artist Studios.