Author Archives: Margaret Merry

About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.

Two More First Prize Winners

I have just won first prize in two more art contests. First my watercolour of St Just in Roseland wom first prize in the international, on line art contest Church Themes in March. There were 625 images submitted. Secondly my … Continue reading

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Trabajando El Esparto

WINNER OF CONTEST ‘PAINTINGS OF WOMEN FOR MARCH 2018’S INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY’. My pastel of this women from Terque demonstrating the ancient art of mimbre with esparto grass has won first prize in this international on line art contest for … Continue reading

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Shops in the Albaicin, Granada

This watercolour, Tiendas en la Albaicin, has won first prize in the Fine Art America on line art competition, “People in the city in watercolour” (Feb 2018). I painted it in 2015 and the original painting was bought by a … Continue reading

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A Lesson In Watercolour

When I lived in Las Negras I used to give lessons in watercolour to a few individual enthusiasts. Yesterday one of my old students, Helena from Rodalquilar and Barcelona, drove up from the Cabo de Gata to Alhabia for the … Continue reading

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Artist of the Month – June 2017

My pastel of my granddaughter Ellie and cat Tilly has won the FAA on line art competition  – Women Painters – Artist of the Month June 2017.

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Paint and Draw – Issue 9

Here is the link to buy Issue 9 of Paint and Draw magazine. The cover features a painting I did of my neighbour, Ute’s garden. Inside is a six page article, written by me , on how I constructed the … Continue reading

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Paint And Draw Magazine – Issue 8

This pastel of La Isleta is the subject of a workshop article I was commissioned to write for Paint and Draw magazine. The article features in the May issue which is on sale now. It appears on page 78 and covers … Continue reading

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