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Congratulations to Jenny Musker RMS
who has recently won third prize in the category of Transparent watercolour for her painting, The Summer Visitor-watercolour on Ivorine.

Congratulations to Iain Gardiner RMS
who has recently won 'Best Work by a First Time Artist Award' from the Society of Florida Annual Exhibition USA 2016. Three of Iain's paintings will be on show at the Florida Annual Exhibition.


Congratulations to Denise Heywood RMS SBA whose painting 'Pomegranates', has been acquired by the prestigious Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in their permanent collection.

This painting will be exhibited at the 15th International Exhibition of Botanical Art in Autumn 2016 at the Hunt Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. It will then travel the USA for the next three years in a series of exhibitions organised by the Hunt Institute.

Congratulations to Jane Gibson RMS whose miniature of a Springer Spaniel, 'Teal' is currently being used as a (larger version) stage prop in the West End play ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’....They won the Olivier Award earlier this year and have been invited to take part in the Royal Variety Performance on the 13th Nov.

Making a Mark 2015 exhibition review

Review by Simon Tait Co-Editor of AI (Arts Industry) for Claire Russell (Hucker) who, among five others, received a Gold Memorial Bowl Honorable Mention in 2015 exhibition.


Congratulations to Jenny Musker RMS

who has recieved an Honorable Mention for her work at the Parklane Gallery, Washington USA.


Congratulations to David Lawton

who has had his work accepted at the BP Portrait Award 2015 for his 10x8" portrait 'The View in Winter'


Congratulations to Joan Humble RMS OAM MASF MPSGS MAA
who has been awarded an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) In this years
Australian Queen's Birthday Honours List,
'For services to the visual arts as a landscape artist'.


Congratulations to Joyce Rowsell who has been award the following:
New Mexico Miniature Art Society - Best Miniature plus two Sponsor Prizes
MPSGS Washington - 1st prize for Landscape
MASF Florida - 2nd Prize for Architecture
der Painters of America - President's Prize and Marion Winter Award


Congratulations to Alan Farrell RMS who has been awarded the following

Founder's Award at the Spanish Moss Miniature Art Show 2015


 Published Articles

Margaret Carver - Eastern Daily Press
hyllis Arnold - Silhouettes and Keepsakes
racy Hall - Small and Bright - The Leisure Painter

If you are a member and would like to let us know about your shows,
events & exhibitions, we would love to hear from you!

Please Email: jenny@jennymusker.co.uk, include a few pictures and a short written piece about your event.


Congratulations to Elizabeth Meek HPRMS who has been awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours list.


Recent Books on Miniatures

Vitreous enamel painting by Gillie Hoyte Byrom

Vitreous enamel painting has been neglected over the years. Now for the first time there is a book on the subject. Gillie Hoyte Byrom who has over 35 years experience, has written her treatise - "The Practice of Painting in Enamel." She fully describes all the methods she was taught when she trained in Barcelona in 1990, besides giving comprehensive instruction in enamel painting techniques she has developed in creating miniatures to commission.

Gillie is interested in teaching from her studio and has also designed a distance learning course to teach enamel painting from beginner through intermediate to advanced level through ten exercises. In addition she has produced a set of video masterclasses at three levels of competence.

All are available electronically as this is the most economic way to show as many illustrations as possible and an easy way to reach people worldwide. Please visit: www.enamelpainting.co.uk for further information.


Reptile to Reef, Ceramic Sculpture by Jill Moger PVPRMS SWA SWLA

Could this be the very first book on the subject of reptile sculpture? Certainly it is the first such book to be published by the Langford Press. Jill Moger's book is not exclusively about her renowned ceramic sculptures of reptiles however as the title "Reptile to Reef " suggests.
Her work depicting coral reefs is included in the book as are her sculptures of insects created using ceramic and wire. The book begins with a foreword by the fine art journalist, writer and broadcaster, Anthony J Lester FRSA, in which he describes Jill as a 21st century master of her craft. Following this, "Beginnings" is a short autobiography which gives the reader an insight into Jill's early fascination with wildlife, the burgeoning of creative interest and the discovery of an innate talent from childhood.

The subjects of her sculptures are divided into chapters containing similar species with an overview and a description and one or more photographic illustrations of each. There is a glossary of terms at the end of the book to help the reader with unfamiliar reptilian terminology.

This lavishly illustrated book finishes with a section describing in words and pictures, the entire process of modeling, glazing and firing a ceramic sculpture.

ISBN 978-1-904078-64-7

To order a copy of Reptile to Reef please click here


Painting Miniatures by Pauline Denyer Baker

Miniatures are not simply small paintings: special techniques are used to achieve their unique glow and luminosity. This book explains how to paint in detail in a small format with colour and precision. Drawing on her extensive experience, Pauline Denyer-Baker shares her passion for painting miniatures, and inspires both beginners and more experienced artists to master and enjoy this historic art form.

An introduction to the history and traditions of miniatures set by Holbein, Hilliard and Oliver. The importance of drawing and sketchbooks. Advice on materials, paints, bases and framing. Step-by-step demonstrations of stippling and hatching, watercolour and oil painting, and colour mixing.
Focus on portraits, still life and silhouettes. Work from leading artists with a range of styles and subjects.


To order a copy 'Painting Miniatures' please click here


The Arturi Phillips Collection

A Catalogue of Portrait Miniatures by Roger and Carmela Arturi Phillips.

Featuring over 130 of the most well known miniature painters, mainly British and some Continental, dating from 1588-2004, the authors share their collecting experiences and discuss in detail their photography and storage solutions. Every artist is given a full page colour enlargement showing the brushstokes and signature with discussion on their technique.

Limited Edition. £65.

To order a copy of 'The Arturi Phillips Collection' please click here


A Dictionary of Miniature Painters 1870-1970 by Roger and Carmela Arturi Phillips

The Dictionary aims to be the perfect resource for the collector or enthusiast of later miniatures.

The result of thousands of hours' work, it lists over 2300 mainly British artists working during this period, and contains lots of details and stories about them, nearly all of it previously unpublished. Examples of the work of many of the top name artists are shown in colour, many of them full page, and there are close up images of some startling examples of photo miniatures. There is an appendix of signatures and monograms.

Limited Edition. £65.

To order a copy of please click here


Society web pages for members

Available to all Members - we now offer a link from our artists' page to your own web sites.

Participate on our web site, to support the Society, at just £35 for your own page with 6 images and text and we will automatically link to your own web site. For technical information, please click here, 'Beginners guide to processing digital images' for internet/email.

Please make your cheque payable to 'Royal Miniature Society', and send it to: Dr Slawka Pfauntsch, 16 John Kings Court, St Johns Grove, London, N19 5QR.

Compile and send your disc with 6 images or 6 photographs and 150 word CV to: Claire Hucker, The Laurels Studio, Stone, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9LD. or alternatively you can Email your images and CV to Claire Hucker: cmhucker@gmail.com

Each image should be saved to disc or emailed to Claire Hucker (ideally at 300dpi) making sure each works title is easily identifiable or if you have no means to save your images digitally, normal photographs can be used. In addition please include the picture dimensions and medium used, your CV of approx 150 words and your website address if you have one. Your page will be uploaded onto the Society's web site within 7 working days.

Do you have difficulty in photographing your work digitally and attaching it to email?

Please follow this link: 'Beginners Guide to processing and emailing your digital images for publication'