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.

Almeria – Feria y Fiestas

The annual Feria y Fiestas of Almeria City started last Friday night and will continue until next Sunday. This is one of the most famous fiestas in Andalucia and the days and nights are filled with events, parties and concerts … Continue reading

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Casas Monumentales – Terque

The little towns and villages in the valleys of the rios Nacimiento and Andarax boast some beautiful old houses. These were mostly built during the 19th Century when the area became wealthy from the production of table grapes and oranges. … Continue reading

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Semana de Cultura, Alhabia

For the last week there have been cultural events in the town of Alhabia. Most of the activities were for children but there were two musical events that we attended. The week opened on the previous Saturday with a concert … Continue reading

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We have moved

Last week we finally moved from our villa in Las Negras to a little cortijo near Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense about 30km inland from Almeria City.  The villa in Las Negras was too large for us.. Too much housework … Continue reading

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Genoveses – Pitas and Grasses

Yesterday we walked the length of Genoveses beach, San Jose. We parked near the old windmill and followed the track down to the bay. The landscape is changing as summer advances.The greens of the fresh grasses and the colours of … Continue reading

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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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