Author Archives: Margaret Merry

About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.

Torre De Los Lobos

Yesterday, we walked up from the Valle de Rodalquilar to the Torre de Los Lobos. This 18th Century tower was built as a lookout for Berber Pirates but is now used as a Lighthouse. It was was a beautiful spring … Continue reading

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Spring Flowers

Glorious spring weather this week and the countryside, after a wetter than normal winter, is bursting with colour thanks to the abundance of wild flowers in bloom this year. The photo above shows asphodels and pink cistus on the hillside … Continue reading

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El Rastrillo de Fernán Pérez

On the first Sunday of the month, a small market, El Rastrillo de Fernán Pérez, is held in the pretty square of the village. Arts and crafts, bread and cakes, beer and wine, books, bric-a-brac and antiques. You will find them … Continue reading

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Riders in the Valley

After a windy week when the light has been obscured by dust from the Sahara we have enjoyed a couple of mild, soft days. They have been sunny and warm but the light has been muted due to the humidity. … Continue reading

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Wild Flowers Around Las Negras

Here are some photos and descriptions of the beautiful wild flowers we have seen on our walks during the last week. Because of the wetter-than-normal winter, the hills and ramblas around our village are covered with flowers, some common but … Continue reading

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Puppy Update

Daisy’s puppies are almost 5 weeks old. They are eating solid food now although they still pester their mother at her milk bar. They are also active, playful and, under supervision, can enjoy some of the warm sunshine in the … Continue reading

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Puppy update – Three weeks old

Daisy’s puppies are now three weeks old. Here are some photos taken yesterday evening and outside this morning. They have started to walk about and have just had their first look at the garden. All four are fat and thriving. … Continue reading

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