Joan Cornish-Willies 
Hon Ret RMS MAA MPSGS Hon MASF
 1930 - 2018

Joan Willies
We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Joan Willies who slipped away in her sleep, surrounded by her family 14th October 2018 aged 88.

Joan painted and studied Miniatures from the age of eleven, and was a member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers for 42 years.

She was also a member of an elected group of miniaturists, Miniature Artists of America. Other memberships include the Miniature Art Society of Florida (honorary member) and the Washington Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers, the oldest miniature society in the United States.
Her favourite subjects included English cottages, children in Victorian settings, trompe L'Oeil, still life, shade profiles, land and seascapes, waterfalls and flowers. She also produced collector doll house miniatures, finely detailed paintings in 1/12th scale.

Joan painted commissions in her studio, and taught Miniature painting to students aged 10 – 80. She also travelled to give workshops in many parts of North America and Europe.

Deeply concerned with the protection of the Art of the Miniature, Joan was an advocate of the exacting standards of the 120 year old Royal Miniature Society by giving demonstrations and lectures, appearing on television and by writing articles and books on the subject. 

Joans family are establishing a foundation to provide financial assistance to art students wishing to further their knowledge of the art and technique of miniature painting as a legacy to Joans lifetime commitment to the tradition of painting in Miniature. The funds raised will go in full to providing grants to art students.

Roy Cooney
RMS HS MASF
1936 - 2018

Roy Cooney
We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Roy Cooney who passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside 14th April 2018 aged 82.


Roy trained and qualified under apprenticeship as a copperplate engraver and cartographer and studied painting and drawing at the Somerset College of Arts.

He produced limited editions of pictorial copperplate engravings and commissions for heraldic and pictorial ex-libris bookplates from his home in Taunton.

Roy became internationally recognised through exhibition of bookplates and small graphics in many countries and his work is held in institutions, galleries and private collections around the world. 

Roy exhibited with the following societies and has won many awards for his work including the RHS Gold Medal. 

Royal Society of Printmakers
Royal Horticultural Society
Royal Miniature Society
Royal West of England Academy
Hilliard Society
Society of Botanical Art
Medici Society
World Exhibition of Miniature Art
Bath Society of Art

Pauline Gyles 
PVPRMS HS SBA Hon Ret FSBA
1931 - 2017