Margaret Heath RSMA marine artist
Beach huts
Deck chairs
British coast
Snow scenes

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Margaret studied at Wimbledon School of Art from 1960-64, graduating with the National Diploma in Design (NDD) in illustration. She worked as a freelance illustrator and married former fellow art student Trevor Heath in 1966. From 1970 onwards, raising a family took priority. She was finally able to return to her career as an illustrator, working for advertising agencies and Oxford University Press, but found it increasingly unfulfilling. She started painting in water colours and quickly became a full-time painter, exhibiting and selling work in London and Southeast England. She exhibited with the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI). She soon found her favourite subjects were marine, and was voted a member of the RSMA in 2006. She was their Hon. Secretary from 2011 to 2016.

Her seaside paintings are much in demand as posters and canvas prints as well as on greeting cards, mugs and calendars, and have been sold as art cards by Ikea worldwide. She has done painting demonstrations for Artist and Illustrators Magazine and for 'Painting Light and Shade', published by Quarto books.

Commissions are accepted in water colour or oil, providing they are of suitable marine subjects. Her work is in collections in Britain, Europe, the Middle East and the USA.

Her paintings show the transient quality of light, often early in the morning and late in the day, that can make a scene look so beautiful. To be on a beach or cliff top, alongside a harbour wall or Venetian canal, and to show the viewer how wonderful it looked at that moment is her reason to paint.


Rowland Hilder Award, RI, 1999
R K Burt Canson Paper Prize, RSMA, 2015

Exhibitions and galleries include:

Royal Society of Marine Artists
Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours
Watercolour and Drawings Fair, London
Affordable Art Fair, London
Boat Show, Earl's Court
Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London
W.H. Patterson Gallery, London
Linda Blackstone Gallery, Pinner
Lincoln Joyce Fine Art, Great Bookham
Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge
Hawker Gallery, Amersham
Royall Fine Art, Tunbridge Wells
Little Picture Gallery, Mousehole