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President: Prof. Ken Howard, RA, RWS, RWA

Vice President: William Porter

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Mary Thomsit

At school I loved art and maths, and was encouraged to enter the profession of architecture. During university I completed two degrees, and then worked as an architect for the next 25 years.

However, I always yearned to return to art, so when offered redundancy I leapt at the opportunity. I acquired City and Guilds' certificates in marbling, graining and gilding. Having completed the decorative courses, I went on and did the Foundation Year in Art, majoring in portraiture, and received a distinction.

After the courses I started working independently, drawn to Trompe L'Oeil as I enjoy manipulating perspective and deceiving the viewer with a 3-D image. I think this ability comes from years in architecture where a precise technique was required.

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