Having gained global acclaim for painting miniatures including a commissioned portrait of HRH the Prince of Wales, Elizabeth Meek has been recognised with an MBE for services to the arts.
The Seaford-based artist revealed her delight at receiving her accolade at Windsor Castle from HRH Queen Elizabeth last week, which proved an especially memorable day.
“It was very exciting to have gained the award and it felt like a real privilege,” enthused Elizabeth on gaining her honour, which stands as a landmark achievement in her career which began in the 1980s.
As she recalled, when she was in her teens, her family had actively discouraged her from taking up formal art studies, so she originally trained as a nurse.
But she was not to be deterred from the subject that would eventually become her career.
Elizabeth, 60, of Firle Road, who recently moved with her art critic husband Anthony, to Seaford from the Isle of Wight, explained she had enjoyed a richly-rewarding career to date.
She said: “I am not sure exactly what it was that started me off with my art, but I was always drawing as a child, it was just something that was in me. I would advise any young person thinking about their career to just follow their heart rather than do what others think you should be doing.”
As she revealed, using oils fo r her miniatures, she has built up a broad base of clients and has an impressive waiting list of around two years for her commissioned work.
She explained that gaining the chance to paint Prince Charles at Highgrove after he had seen her work at an exhibition had been one of her many highlights.
Describing her memorable career to date, she added: “I feel very lucky to being doing what I do for a living.
“Miniatures are extremely difficult and the smaller they are, the harder they can be to paint.
“It’s a very historic thing and a tradition that dates back to Henry VIII, who had Holbein as a court artist in an age when those kinds of paintings would have been seen like photographs are today.”