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Keith Noble (LAS President 2010 - 2015)

Introducing the President, Keith Noble RSMA

President's Message

I was born in Chorley, Lancashire in 1949. From a very early age I always had a fascination for drawing and painting. My Mother, who worked in the Accounts Office at Leyland Motors, would bring home a huge amount of discarded accounts sheets and I would set upon their reverse and fill them with drawings and paintings.

I was always encouraged at school to pursue some sort of career in art, which I did, studying full-time Graphic Design and Illustration at Bolton and Blackpool Colleges of Art from 1967-1971. I then worked in studios and advertising agencies in Manchester, Coventry and London, beginning as a designer and illustrator, progressing to Art Director and then to Creative Director and finally co-owning a successful design group in London.

Whilst in London I met Pauline (now my wife) who owned a successful recruitment business there but was originally from Bishops Castle in Shropshire.I had always intended one day to swap the world of commercial art for one in fine art and so in 1994 I did exactly that and we both sold our businesses and moved to Bishop’s Castle where I have been a full time successful professional artist ever since.

I am a modern traditional painter working mainly in watercolour but some oils. My favourite subjects are coastal, marine, architectural and a spattering of landscapes but whatever the subject my aim is to capture light, mood and atmosphere.

I exhibit widely throughout the UK from Ludlow to London, Ledbury, Pembrokeshire, Surrey and the Isle of Wight.

Awards for my work include a Highest Commendation for a watercolour at The Tabernacle, The Museum of Modern Art in Wales; The Lincoln Joyce Donald Blake Award for an outstanding watercolour at the RI exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London in 2005 and The St Cuthberts Mill Award for the best watercolour out of 330 paintings at the 2007 Royal Society of Marine Artists at The Mall Galleries, as voted for by the RSMA members themselves.

I was elected an Associate Member of the RSMA in 2005 and to full membership in 2007. I am also still being considered for membership of the RI (Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours).

I hope this gives members a brief insight into my painting life and that I will be of benefit to Ludlow Art Society in the future. Also, I hope to be able to assist members with painting and artistic problem solving.

Keith Noble

Gondola, Grand Canal, Oil
Oxford Rain, Watercolour

Sennen Cove, Watercolour

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