Jan Munro PS 

Artist's Statement:

My paintings are made with watercolour, acrylic, pastels and sometimes a mixture of media. I am primarily a landscape painter using both local and other UK places for inspiration. More recently I have been developing still life paintings in pastel. I love to buy a piece of pottery wherever I visit and it inspires a still life.
I aim to represent a place or thing but also to convey to the viewer my inspiration and feelings about what I am painting. I want to look beyond the reality.
Composition and design are key elements in my paintings so that there is a feeling of balance. There will always be a sense of light and space. I work hard to master the media that I use so that the painting seems to flow beyond technique and to be made with a playful curiosity and seemingly without struggle.
Enabling others to enjoy and develop their own art is a big part of my life. Weekly classes for adults take up much of term time. Often preparing a class informs a painting. They go hand in hand.
Method of Working
I like to spend time in a place, make sketches, take photos and gather as much information as I can. Paintings of landscape are mostly made in my studio from sketches made on site. If I use a photo I always make a sketch from it and use memories of that place so that I move away from the totally representational. More and more I like to paint en plain air sketches usually in watercolour. Landscapes are made in watercolour and acrylic with texture and distance in mind.
A still life is always set up in my studio. Recently I have been including landscape or place in with the still life. This can take time. I need to see it for colours, patterns and light. I then do a drawing. Pastel is the medium. I use a sanded surface in a mid or dark tone. Pastel is applied dark to light with side strokes and some layering.

Biographical Details:

Born London 11.4.1958

Lives and works Herts/Bucks area

First Career was in Nursing. 1976-1990.

Bsc Hons Human Biology: Loughborough University, 1985.

City and Guilds : Mixed Media, Life Drawing, Watercolour Diploma part 1 (Gold Medal Winner 2000).

Society Memberships

The Pastel Society

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes

The Artist Award : Look Again, The Pastel Society 2015

The Unison Award : Look Again, The Pastel Society 2015

The Annie Longley Award : The Pastel Society 2016

The Frank Herring Award : The Pastel Society 2016

The Wicked Watercolour Award : The RI 2015

Best in Show St Albans Art Society, 2006, 2007, 2015, 2016

Other Exhibitions:

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 2009, 2014, 2015, 2017

The Pastel Society 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

The Society of Women Artists 2011, 2013

Parallax : Chelsea Town Hall, 2015

Yvonne Arnaud Exhibition, Guildford, 2015

Annual Exhibitions of St Albans, Berkhamsted, Harpenden Art Societies

Open Studio, Herts, every year

Publications:

Munro, Jan : ‘ Artists to Watch’, The Pastel Journal USA, Dec 2016, p.23

Munro, Jan : ‘Colour, Shape and Space’, The Artist magazine, Nov 2015, p.12

Website:

www.janmunro.com 

 

 

Featured Artist

Cheryl Culver
Rushing towards the Lake

 ' Rushing Towards the Lake '
by 
Cheryl Culver

 

Cheryl Culver PPPS RBA

Biographical Details:

Studied Fine Art at Leicester College of Art & Design. After graduating she spent 18 months in Mauritius with the International Voluntary Service as an artist. On her return to England she established a partnership working in property renovation and interior design using her skills to produce the architectural drawings and artists impressions of projects undertaken.

In 1982 she formed a business in conjunction with her sister, a silversmith, working closely with her producing a range of etched brass bowls, door plates etc. A bowl produced by them was accepted by the Victoria & Albert Museum for its permanent collection.

In 1990 in commemoration of the evacuation of Dunkirk she produced a Limited Edition of 150 pairs of brass etched coasters. Edition No. 2 was presented by her at the opening of the Dunkirk Exhibition in Dover to Winston Churchill MP grandson of the late Sir Winston Churchill. Edition No. 3 was presented to Major General Ramsay son of the late Admiral Ramsay who masterminded the Dunkirk Evacuation in 1940. Edition No. 1 was accepted by H.R.H Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh.

Cheryl lives in Sandwich where she has a custom built studio in her garden. Quiet unspoilt places are her inspiration and she shares these with her English Setter and her sketch book.

In June 2003 she was elected as a member of the Royal Society of British Artists and in March 2004 was elected a member of the Pastel Society.

Her work has been exhibited throughout the UK.

Personal Statement:

I am a landscape painter because the countryside is the place where I feel most at ease. I do feel it is possible to have a spiritual connection with the natural world, and I hope that my paintings reflect this. My work has always been about ‘how it feels’ rather than ‘how it looks’.

It is good to be humbled by nature and what better than a vast and powerful landscape or a mighty oak tree to do just that. Mankind needs to learn his place in the grand scheme of things. We have an amazing world around us, which survives in spite of all we do to destroy it. If one painting can communicate some of this magic, then a miracle has occurred. On another level, the natural world has its own symmetry. To me, as an artist, it is a matter of following the rules of that symmetry, and the painting will create its own conviction without the aid of photographic realism.

To draw the landscape is the point of contact. It is the most important part of the process --- the catalyst for the final work.

Awards:

‘Willi Hoffman-Guth Award for Colour and Light’, Pastel Society

The Brian Sinfield Gallery Award.

The Henri Roché Pastel Award.

The Girault Pastel Award St Aulaye France. (One work purchased for the Pastel Museum St Aulaye)

Publications:

The Artist’, March/April 2009

Featured Artist, ‘Pastel Journal’, USA, December 2008
‘The Artist’, December 2002

The Artists Magazine December 2002 *

The Pastel Journal, Cincinatti USA December 2008

The Artist Magazine March/April 2009 *

The Artist Magazine March 2010 *

Pratique des Arts Feature article October 2010

The Artist Magazine September, October and November 2010 *

The Leisure Painter 2011

The Artist Magazine January, February and March 2012 *

Kent Life February 2012

Artists & Illustrators July 2012.

The Artist Magazine September 2013. *

‘Green Art: Trees, Roots and Leaves’ by E. Ashley Rooney

Published by Schiffer Publishing USA. 2013

The Artist Magazine Summer Edition 2014. *

Pure Color 2 to be published Summer 2017

(* Articles created and written by Cheryl)

Contact Details:

Address: 9 Stone Cross Lees, Sandwich Kent CT13 0BZ

Tel: +44(0)1304 619921

Mobile: 07738 661584

e.mail:cherylculver@btinternet.com

www.cherylculverpaintings.co.uk

     


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