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Margaret Miles: Painter

I have been passionate about art since early childhood. My early years were spent through the 2nd world war contending with air raids & a lack of good foods due to rationing.

We lived on the south coast of England & so we saw a good deal of action. But still it seemed a fairly sublime childhood.  Drawing was the obvious thing for me to do during the many air raids we experienced.  Painting & drawing became my thing.

My first job in the workplace was to become an apprentice florist with one of Hove's top flower shops, which  gave me three years of training ,working with shape, form & colour ,which set me on the art trail road.

In the meantime I got married, had children & moved to Melbourne, Australia. In those early first years, we had to work hard to establish a life for ourselves but while I was working as an engraver I met an artist from the Glenroy Art Group who introduced me to some very dedicated artists, who eventually encouraged me to take my art more seriously. So at 50 years of age I went for a full time fine art course at Phillip Institute of Art. After four years of painting & sculpture acquired my BA in Fine Art, a wonderful experience, never regretted.

 My first solo exhibition was held at The Haven Gallery in Williamstown, & another at St John's

Church at Southbank, also exhibiting art in many different venues, including The National Gallery of Victoria, Rutherford Institute, Washington D.C, The Contemporary Arts Travelling Exhibition, Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery, Castlemaine Regional Gallery.

 I soon took up teaching various art forms. My first job at H. M Prison Pentridge was a bit on the edge, but in all, a good experience & after that two years Artist in Residence at Sunbury Primary School. I am still teaching at various private venues because I love it.

 In my painting & sculpture, I like to try & transport the viewer to a different level of thinking & exploration. I love a good story & like to involve the viewer in this way.