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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Margaret Glass PS

Biographical Details:

1950 Born on 13 April
1970 Started to regularly exhibit at Provences.
Paintings accepted into the open exhibitions of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, Pastel Society, Society of Women Artists and Royal Academy
1975 Elected an Associate Member of the Societe des Artists Francais
1980 Elected a Member of the Pastel Society
1984 Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
1986 Elected a Member of the Societe des Pastellistes de France
1991 Invited to teach in Paris for the Societe des Pastellistes de France
1992 Awarded the title Maitre Pastellist
1993 Elected Vice President of the Societe des Pastellistes de France (UK)

Artist’s Statement

Light has always facinated Margaret. A landscape transformed by the sunsire or light reflected on water inspire her to paint. In her work she wants to point to god the creator, and for people to stop ad wonder at the beauty all around us.

Societies:

Member – The Pastel Society.

Other Societies:

MEMBER SOCIETE des PASTELLISTES de FRANCE

Method of Working:

Margaret works in both pastels and oils. Her pastel technique is the same as the oil painting process, working from dark to light. She paints on abrasive paper that enables me to build up layers of pastel without overloading the tooth of the paper. She sees this as a painting medium rather than a drawing medium that uses line with colour. In her oils she rarely uses any medium, working thin to thick and painting wet on wet. She works from life or from photographs as our weather is so unpredictable! She tends not to sketch first but work immediately on the painting, solving problems as she goes.

Awards:

W H Patterson Prize, Pastel Society, 2002 and 2006

Other Exhibitions:

2006 Featured Artist, Festival International du Pastel, Feytiat, France
1999 Guest Exhibitor, Salon National du Pastel, Paris, France
1996 ‘Solo Exhibition of Oils’, Phoenix Gallery, Lavenham, Suffolk
1996 ‘Solo Exhibition’, City Gallery, London
1989 ‘Solo Exhibition’, Paris, France
1983- Regular solo exhibitions at Phoenix Gallery, Lavenham, Suffolk
1982 ‘Solo Exhibition’, Buffalo, New York, USA

Publications:

Various articles over the years for ‘The Artist’, ‘Leisure Painter’ and ‘Pastel International’. I have also contributed illustrations of my work and painting technique in various ‘how to paint’ publications.

Website:

 http://www.margaretglass.com/ 

     


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