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.

Caldera de Majada Redonda

Yesterday we walked from Presillas Bajas to the Caldera de Majada Redonda. From the edge of the village we followed the Rambla de Bajada Redonda. The route is well marked and there is a footpath that runs alongside the rambla … Continue reading

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Barranco de las Agüillas

Here are some photos taken yesterday when we walked along the Barranco de las Agüillas in Las Negras. The countryside around us is still looking beautiful with the spring flowers in profusion, fig trees in full leaf and the hillsides … Continue reading

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Flowers in the Valley

After a late night out we needed a long walk this morning, so we parked by the new riding stables at Rodalquilar and walked the length of El Valle and down to Cala de los Monteses. All week, the sun … Continue reading

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Playas de Monsul y Barronal

This morning we  went for a walk around Monsul beach and across the dunes to Barronal beach enjoying the Spring sunshine. Not many people on the beach but across the sea small yachts were passing by. In this photo the … Continue reading

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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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