Moira Huntly PPPS RI RSMA RWA 

Biographical Details:

Born in Motherwell Scotland 1932
Studied in London at Harrow School of Art and Hornsey College of Art. 
Holds a London University degree in Art Teaching

Past President of The Pastel Society
A Royal West of England Academician
Member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours
Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists
Past Governor of the Federation of British Artists

Personal Statement:

Since my student days I have believed in gaining knowledge from direct observation. Drawing is very important to me and through accuracy in drawing I try to explore shape and form and discover in a subject its potential for a painting.

I paint in a variety of media including mixed media depending on specific exhibition requirements. I regard the composition and content of a painting as more important than the medium, but sometimes I instinctively choose a particular sketch to work from because I visualise it in a certain medium. I can’t explain why this is so.

Marine and industrial subjects, buildings in the landscape, figures and still life appeal to me, but whatever the subject, I am searching for its abstract qualities. In my paintings I try to keep a balance between realism and abstract patterns full of strong rhythms and invention, distilled from my drawings. I see the world as a kaleidoscope of broken lines, shapes and colour masses, sometimes fragmented into jewels of colour. These are the qualities I seek in my work and am continually striving to achieve.

After many years I am still searching for new ideas and ways to express them. I am never satisfied with what I have done and am always thinking and hoping that the next painting is going to be the best.  

Awards:

Has received many prestigious awards, and exhibited extensively in both solo and group exhibitions in the UK, Europe and North America.I am happiest when working in my studio where I can study the object in front of me in a controlled situation. It’s like making a jigsaw puzzle where every object produces spaces and shadows which fit together to make a cohesive, interesting painting.

Commissions and Collections:

Alcoa International Inc.  British Telecom,  Clwyd CC,  CWS Ltd,   Hampshire CC,  Consumers Association,  Laing plc,  Newsweek International,  National Museum of Wales,  Nuclear Electric,   Proctor & Gamble, Royal Bank of Scotland, Royal Caribbean Line, Whitbread plc. etc.

Publications:

Moira is the author of several books on drawing and painting
Publishers:      A & C Black London  UK  
                       Bauverlag  Berlin  Germany  
                       Vigot  Paris  France     
                       David & Charles  Newton Abbot  UK
                       Harper Collins  London  UK     
                       North Light  Cincinnati  USA
                       F&W Publications Cincinnati  USA

‘Sketchbook Secrets’ is her latest book, published by David & Charles
in the UK and F&W Publications Cincinnati in North America.

Contact Details:

Website: www.moirahuntly.com

 

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Sheila Goodman
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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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