Having spent much of her childhood in Brighton, Margaret Heath's love of the sea was her inspiration when she became a painter. Margaret loves the changing effects of light and weather on the water; boats and their reflections, the beauty of natural forms in coastal scenes and the vibrancy of seaside architecture.
Margaret paints with watercolours on Arches 600gsm rough paper, using large round sable brushes for washes, and small synthetic brushes for detail. Unless working on a commission, she always paints from her own photographs. This enables her to catch fleeting light effects, and Margaret will often combine several photos to paint one image. Having drawn the subject in pencil, she uses masking fluid to preserve areas she wants left white. Washes are then applied in careful sequence, working from light to dark, gradually building up the picture. Soft areas are painted on wet paper. Masking fluid is removed, details painted in and the painting finished up. A painting may take several days to complete, and Margaret often works on two at once. A very large commission may take several weeks. Sometimes a pencil rough, then a smaller preliminary painting may be necessary, before producing a very large commissioned work.
1944 Born on 13 July in Oxford
1960-64 studied at Wimbledon School of Art, graduating with the National Diploma in Design (NDD) in illustration.
Freelance Illustrator for national advertising campaigns and educational books for many years before becoming a full-time painter
2006 Elected an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists
2010 Elected a Full Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists
2011- Became RSMA Hon. Secretary
Rowland Hilder Award, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, 1999
R K Burt Canson Paper Prize, Royal Society of Marine Artists, 2015
1999 - Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries
1999 - 2007 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries
1999, 2000, 2010 - Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries
2001-2002 - Laing Art Competition, Mall Galleries
2001 - 2011 - Lincoln Joyce Fine Art, Great Bookham
2003 - 2007 - Linda Blackstone Gallery, London
2003 - ‘Not the Royal Academy’, Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London
2004 - Chelsea Art Society's Annual Exhibition, London
2004 - 2008 Watercolours and Drawings Fair, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2006 - 2008 Affordable Art Fair, London
2007 - Royal Society of Marine Artists Stand, The Boat Show, Earls Court
2008 - Royal Society of Marine Artists Exhibition, Little Picture Gallery, Mousehole
2010 - Royal Society of Marine Artists Exhibition, Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge
2011 - 2012 - ‘Venice in Peril’, W H Patterson Gallery, London
2013 - Royall Fine Art, Tunbridge Wells
2013 - Hawker Gallery, Amersham
2015 - Royal Society of Marine Artists Exhibition, St. Barbe Gallery, Lymington
Featured in Artists & Illustrators, September 2003.
Featured in Painting Light and Shade, Quarto 2003
Favourite Fish and Seafood Recipes, J. Salmon Ltd 2015
Margaret Heath’s Coast Calendar 2015, 2016, J.Salmon Ltd
Margaret Heath’s Seaside Calendar 2016, RNLI
Her paintings are published as fine art prints by The Art Group / Pyramid International and have been sold as art cards by Ikea worldwide.