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 

 

 

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Margaret Glass
Sunlit Canal

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Margaret Glass

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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