It is with sadness that we report the passing of the artist Juliette Palmer, member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA).
Palmer exhibited very regularly at Mall Galleries throughout her career, for twenty-five years with the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, fifteen years with the New English Art Club, and twenty years with the Royal Society of British Artists, of which Juliette was a loyal member.
Juliette Palmer RBA, Duomo Palermo Stupendo
Palmer will be well remembered for her watercolours, which she painted with simple and straightforward tools – just a sable brush, artist’s watercolour tubes, a B pencil (or thereabouts) and a soft eraser on watercolour paper – which gave, in Juliette’s own words: “...an evocation of place that will rekindle the viewer’s own fugitive experience.” Palmer was especially pleased whenever her work conveyed the impact of a newly discovered place, grasping its essence by the use of some particular colours, or some slightly quirky focus or viewpoint.
Juilette Palmer RBA, Under the Pembrokeshire Sky
Palmer studied at the East Essex School of Art from 1946 to 1950, the Institute of Education, London, from 1950 to 1951, before working as an art and craft teacher in secondary schools during the 1950s. As an artist, Juliette exhibited her paintings at galleries nationwide, for which she won many awards and prizes, including the 1996 Laing Landscape Competition and the St. Cuthbert’s Mill Prize at the Royal West of England Academy in 2000. Particularly close to Palmer’s heart was her work as author, illustrator and designer of her own children’s books.