Michael Norman PS 

Education/Career

Michael worked as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor until early retirement in 1995.  During this period he spent any available spare time he had drawing and painting, attending evening classes and weekend courses.
 
Upon retirement he was able to devote the bulk of his time to painting, initially in oils and watercolours.  In the late 90’s he started painting in pastels and has continued with this medium ever since only using watercolours when he goes out sketching.

Michael lives in Exmouth, Devon.  The Exe estuary provides a wealth of inspiration for his paintings as well as the rest of the Devon and Cornish coast and countryside.

In March 2007 he was elected to membership of the Pastel Society UK.

Awards:

2004  Award at the South West Academy of Arts exhibition
2006  Sarah Samuels Fine Paintings Award
2007  Unison Pastels Award
2008  Bill Paterson Memorial Award
2009  Frank Herring Award

Articles:

2006  Art in Devon
2009  Artists magazine article
2010  Pratique des Arts feature article
2012  The Pastel Journal of America feature article

Group Exhibitions:

Michael has taken part in many group exhibitions, including the South West Academy , Walker Galleries Honiton, Great British Landscape Rosemoor RHS Gardens, Southampton City Art Gallery, Mercer Gallery Harrogate, Martins Gallery Cheltenham, Yvonne Arnaud Art 2009 Guildford, Frinton Gallery Essex, Picturecraft Gallery Norfolk and Gallery LeFort Bath.

Solo Exhibitions:

2001,2 and 8 Fred Keetch Gallery, Exmouth, Devon
2003   Higher Street Gallery, Dartmouth, Devon
2005 and 6  Walker Galleries, Honiton, Devon
2007   Walker Galleries, Sidbury Mill, Devon
2010   John Noott Gallery, Broadway, Worcs.
2011   Gallery LeFort, Bath
2013   Martins Gallery, Cheltenham.

Contact Details:

Address:  1 Claredale Road, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 2EE
Telephone:  01395 272922

Website: www.michaeljnorman.co.uk

 

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Sheila Goodman PS

Biographical Details:

Sheila studied Graphic at High Wycombe College of Art 1967-69 and has worked as a graphic designer/illustrator in London and Hampshire. She has painted all her life, being mainly self-taught, and started to use pastel in 1987.

She was elected a member of the Society of Women artists in 1995 and the Pastel Society in 2011. Sheila works in pastel, acrylic, mixed media and collage.

She has exhibited regularly at the Mall Galleries since 1989 showing work in the RSMA, NEAC and Pastel Society. Also in the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol and Royal Academy Summer show.

Her work is in the collections of Hunting Management Group, Hampshire County Council and the Russell-Cotes Museum, Bournemouth.

Artist’s Statement

After years of working with pastel, Sheila's approach has gradually changed and developed. In the last few years she has studied more abstract work as she tries to convey the essence of the landscape in simplified forms. She uses colour to express the atmosphere of my subject - sometimes using colour themes to enhance the mood.

Though she likes to initially work from the landscape to record shapes, colours and tones, she is interested in making a statement as succinctly as possible. So Sheila also likes to work from the studio to clarify her ideas with collage or further drawings.

Societies:

Member – The Pastel Society.

Other Societies:

Society of Women Artists

Method of Working:

Sheila's paintings start from the observation of the landscape. She draws or paints sketches using pencil, charcoal or water based media. She works broadly and tries to simplify. In the studio Sheila usually draws some thumbnails to decide format and media. This may be followed by more drawings or collage to enable me to focus on shape or colour.

Sheila works on various pastel papers or mountboard and continues until most areas of the painting are resolved. A second look weeks later may lead to further adjustments.

Awards:

Most Popular Painting - SWA 2008
Best in Show - St. Barbe Museum Lymington 2008
Unison Pastel Award - Pastel Society 2009

Other Exhibitions:

Russell-Cotes Museum, Bournemouth 2010
Autumn Exhibition, Gallery SCA, Shropshire 2010
Peter Hedley Gallery, Wareham 2009
Hackwood Arts Festival 2009
Alresford Gallery 2009

Publications:

Limited Edition Print x6 - Dayfold
Non-Limited Edition - Rosentiels Prints x 4
'Leisure Painter' Magazine 2010
'The Artist' Magazine 1996
'Pastel Journal' 2010
'The Wessex Muse' Magazine 2009

Website:

http://www.sgart.co.uk/ 

     


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