Jean Canter PPSGFA RMS UKCPS 1943 – 2015
With great sadness Society members learned that our past president, Jean Mary Canter, passed away suddenly on the 19th May. Words cannot express how much Jean will be missed.
Many tributes have been received, all reflecting on her immeasurable contribution to the Society and her interest in and encouragement of her fellow artists.
Jean’s art training began as a 13 year old at Epsom School of Art. At age 18 she was offered a place at Wimbledon School of Art, where she studied illustration. One of her first jobs was as a colourist for a firm of antique print dealers in Kensington.
Jean joined the SGFA Council in 1981 during one of the Society’s most challenging times. She successfully researched galleries for exhibitions, handled the Society’s publicity, and as Vice President became familiar with all the Society’s activities. Ever mindful of the needs of others, Jean was a great supporter of the Artists’ General Benevolent Institution (AGBI) and encouraged all members to support this wonderful charity. She was elected President in 1994, and under her enthusiastic leadership the Society moved forward on a tiny budget. Jean launched the Society’s newsletter and, with great efficiency and an eye for detail, organised our open exhibitions at the Connoisseur Gallery.
An extraordinarily talented landscape painter, teacher, miniaturist, calligrapher and flautist, Jean won many prestigious awards for her artwork and wrote many features for the art press. Throughout she remained incredibly modest about her achievements, and all who knew her will always remember her good sense of fun and engaging smile.
Dr Jo Hall PPSGFA