Elizabeth Meek

elizabeth-meekMy teachers were Leonardo da Vinci, Holbein, Rembrandt and Ingres. From the time I was a girl I wanted to follow them, and I sketched people and faces constantly.

Despite winning significant awards from age twelve, I was discouraged from going to art school. I trained as a nurse, but sketched in every spare moment. In 1978 I gave in to the inevitable and became a full-time professional artist focusing on large-scale works. But the 1980s saw me fall in love with miniature painting and in 1990 I exhibited my first miniatures. Two years later I won my first awards, and have won them virtually every year since. I never imagined then that I would be elected President of the Society of Women Artists or President of the Royal Miniature Society.

Oil is my medium for both miniatures and larger portraits. These have been described as delicate with strength. My style compliments my sitters but gives a realistic portrayal. It is vital to me to spend some time with my subject, to connect and to capture each unique character. My commissions come from celebrated clients worldwide, including HRH Princess Michael of Kent and HRH the Prince of Wales.

I prize the qualities of trust, honesty and humility. I believe that creating a successful portrait takes sensitivity, intuition – and patience. The nature of my work makes me quite solitary, but I also love company and social life and I have a sense of humour, which I have sometimes needed. As well as commissioned work, I make time to paint purely for pleasure, and choose subjects and faces with character from all over the world.

I now let my art take me where it wishes. The journey has always been exciting, rewarding and surprising. I still need to paint constantly. I have the same passion for it as I did 40 years ago.

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