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A Tribute to Michele Field

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Michele Field

It is with great sadness and shock that we heard of the untimely death of our Member Michele Field, on Sun day 6th April.

Michele has been a loyal and active member of The Guild of Waterway Artists for many years, exhibiting with us frequently at The Braunston Boat Show.  Often, during these weekends, she would fascinate the public by working on a painting, gathering an admiring crowd around her.  Several times she organised exhibitions for The Guild, at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford among other opportunities she spotted for us.

She was very professional and skilled promoter of her work, exhibiting widely in waterways venues and around her local area.  Her work will be familiar to many, especially as most years one of her paintings featured as an IWA Christmas card.

As a painter, she saw and loved beauty and colour.  She knew what her public liked and her paintings reflected this.  But she was no ‘hack’ painter, she painted what she loved with feeling and the love of her subject matter shone through her work.  Her spectacular flower paintings particularly reflect this.

As a colleague, in The Guild, she will be very much missed;  She was very often the first to respond to discussion among members, usually with helpful and constructive suggestions. I personally valued our telephone conversations when tricky issues had to be addressed.

Personally, and on behalf of The Guild, I extend our sympathy to her husband Richard and to their family at this saddest of times. She will live on in her work, so full of colour and optimism.

Sarah Pressland.  April 2014

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  1. Christopher Gowers

    I have only just heard of the existence of the Guild. May I, too, add my appreciation of Michele's work. I was once privileged to meet her at an event in Oxford and read the sad news in a local paper. I am not an artist myself but thanks to artists like Michele I have become fascinated by the opportunities offered by all waterways to art, and many other things. My condolences to Michele's family. Christopher Gowers Mercia Project Wolvercote Oxfordshire, by The Oxford Canal. 24 May 2014.

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  2. Cathy Penrose

    I was so distressed on hearing this news earlier in the week. I am a florist and over the past few years, Michele had become my favourite artist, her love of flowers reflected in her work is just wonderful. It was a privilege to know her and to promote her work.

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  3. As a fellow artist painting narrow boat decoration, although Michele's work was very different to mine, she was always interested in my latest painted pieces, showing me her paintings and talking to me about her work. Michele kept in touch with me in between shows by talking to me on Facebook and we had many on line chats when she always encouraged me. I shall miss Michele terribly! Julie Tonkin, Canal Art by Julie

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  4. Sheila Bury

    Although I had never met Michele we spoke often on the telephone,we had long and interesting conversations mainly about the practice of painting but other things as well. She was always very understanding and helpful and had a great sense of humor. I loved her work especially the flower paintings. I will miss her greatly.

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  5. Marie Field

    This is a lovely tribute to mum. Mum loved to paint and enjoyed especially her large floral paintings and of course the canal! She will be missed immensely by so many people but will always be with us.

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  6. Eric Gaskell

    I only met Michele a few times but I had heard of her and her work well before our first meeting. Clearly her name had traveled. Always smiling she was one of the more active members of GoWA, she will be sorely missed.

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  7. Louise Moore

    I was so shocked when I received the news that Michele had passed away. We had some lovely chats on the phone and in person, as well as keeping on touch on Facebook, and she was always full of ideas and inspiration and ready to help. Such a lovely warm person - Myself and Alison will miss her greatly.

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