Shirley Easton SWA NDD ATD
(1935 – )
Shirley Easton is a painter in watercolour and acrylic as well a painting tutor. She was born in Leicester on 26th April 1935 the daughter of Herbert A Swift. She married David Easton RI. Shirley was educated at Gateway Girl’s School Leicester and studied art at Leicester College of Art from 1952 to 1957 under D P Carrington. She has exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Society of Women Artists , her work is in the permanent collections of Leicester University
Helen Donald Smith FRSA ASWA
1858 - 1933
Helen Donald-Smith (fl. 1880–1930) was born in Ayrshire in 1858 but lived mainly in London where she exhibited at Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Ridley Art Gallery, Modern Gallery in New Bond Street, Billie Gallery in Bruton Street and Gieves Gallery in Old Bond Street. She worked in oil and watercolour. She studied art in Paris and at Herkomer’s, Bushey Hertfordshire. Her work featured landscapes, particularly of Venice, and portraits. Many of her portraits are in the National Portrait Gallery and were the result of commissions. She remained single and had a studio in Kensington.
Jenny Wheatley, RWS, NEAC
(1959 - )
Jenny Wheatley is an artist of stature with a popular following. Her work is regularly exhibited in the RA Summer Exhibition, The Royal Watercolour Society, Christie's and The New English Art Club. Her work can be found in numerous private and public collections, including those of The Queen Mother, Kent University and John Lewis. Jenny is a popular teacher who runs her own workshops and painting holidays and is a regular contributor to The Artist magazine. Jenny Wheatley is a leading member of both the New English Art Club and the Royal Watercolour Society.
(1850 - 1940)
Emmeline Young was born in Huddersfield in 1850 the daughter of James Young, artist and brush maker and Sarah. Her younger brother Henry Tweed Young (1853 – 1933) was also an artists and brush maker. Emmeline painter in watercolour and oils of landscapes and portraits she exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street, Royal Society of Artists Birmingham, the Walker Gallery, Liverpool. She was also an accomplished pianist and owned property in Huddersfield which she rented out. She never married but lived with her brother throughout her life, they eventually moved to Boscombe, Bournemouth in Hampshire. Her work is in the Kirklees Museum and Galleries. Emmeline donated a work by her brother James Tweed Young to the same museum which is The Old Studio, New Street in Huddersfield where they lived from 1871 to 1881. Emmeline died in Bournemouth in 1940. She also bequeathed a work by William Brymner (1855-1925) to Russell-Coates Art Gallery which is an oil “Washing Day” of a lady in a Staithes bonnet.
The is a beautifully executed work demonstrating exceptional skill which has captured the emotion of the subject which we can only now guess at.