founded in 1927 
Margaret Eccleston 1934 -2017 
It is with great sadness that the Society announces the sad passing of long standing member Margaret Eccleston. The funeral will take place at longstone Cemetery on wednesday July 19th at 1.30pm/ 
John Charles Clark remembers his friend. 
Margaret first came to St Ives in the early 1960's as a young woman and here she met other young artists. She fell inlove with the art colony by the sea but her life journey kept her tied to other commitments and challenges elsewhere. 
Margaret finally came to move to the town in the early 90's. Her passion was drawing to record the many aspects of the area St ives to cape Cornwall. She often attended, and taught courses at The St Ives school of Painting, making a wide range of friends in the community. Her favourite techniques were Pen & Ink, Watercolour, Printmaking (She became a member of Porthmeor Printmakers) Acrylic and Collage. 
Margaret later moved to Devon to be near her family and continued to teach in that area.  
A very strong personality liked and respected by all: she had the ability to inspire others in their work. The great tragedy in her late years was her ill health and not being able to return to St Ives. 
John Charles Clark July 2017 
Margaret Eccleston 
Margaret Eccleston B.A (Hons.) 
Margaret grew up in Worcestershire. She graduated from Birmingham College of Art with a 1st class B.A. Hon. Degree in Printed Textiles. Margaret went on to achieve a Post Graduate Art teachers Diploma with distinction from Birmingham University. 
For the early part of her career, Margaret taught art in a Girls Grammar School. 
From 1988 – 1994 Margaret had her own studio near Dartmouth, Devon from where she ran and tutored regular workshops and holiday courses. 
Margaret moved to St. Ives in 1994 where she worked extensively from the stimulating coastline and landscape. During this time, she exhibited with St. Ives Society of Artists, and also hung work in The New Craftsman, The Penhaven Gallery and The Printmakers Gallery. Margaret also enjoys the privilege of working with The St. Ives School of Painting alongside her contemporaries and passing on her enthusiasm to visiting students. 
Margaret feels as much at home with large pastels or oil paintings as with smaller watercolours or pen and ink drawings. Exploring new subjects and media are the challenges that Margaret enjoys. Having moved to Modbury, Devon in 2005, the undulating landscape, open moors and trees will offer never-ending stimulation; however, Margaret will also continue to find inspiration from her love of hens, cockerels and farm animals! 
As a printmaker Margaret produces colourful monoprints and collographs which contrast withsome of her more atmospheric work. 
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