Miranda Halsby [nee Stanton] was born in London in 1948 and went to Kingston and Hornsey Colleges of Art. Following that she trained and practised as an Occupational Therapist using Art and Craft as treatment in hospitals. After marrying her husband, Julian Halsby, they together ran Highgate Gallery, a business they ran for 10 years, meeting many artists and dealers whom they count among their friends today and giving several artists their first one-man shows.
Miranda returned to her own work after the sale of the business, a decision made to allow more time for personal creativity, and discovered print making while studying etching at Hampstead School of Art.
Since 1988 she has shown in mixed exhibitions in and around London and the Home Counties. She has shown with the RBA since 1997, winning the St. Cuthberts Mill Award in 2001, and was elected a member of the RBA in the same year. She has taken part in art festivals in England and France, nurturing interest in her work in both countries.
She had her first one man show at Abbott and Holder, London WC1 in 2001 and her second at the same gallery in 2007.
She has work in private collections in England, France, Holland, Japan and U.S.A.
Miranda̛̛s work reflects her life and interests and she has studios in Dorset and in the Languedoc, France, where she spends about three months each year. She likes to work in series and is very interested in people, particularly busy groups doing things they enjoy, markets, playing boules and village fetes. She also loves the landscapes of both Dorset and France and especially the pattern qualities that these can give to a picture. She is always looking for pattern, in leaves, roofs, buildings , deckchairs and, of course, trees. Sunlight is very important to her, giving the lights and darks so necessary to the tonal contrasts needed in a good print. She also likes to work in colour, something of a departure from traditional etching, sometimes putting colour on a single plate and sometimes using two or three contrasting plates to make a print. Other artists̛̛ work intrigues and influences her, and she goes regularly to exhibitions and galleries.
Miranda and Julian have two grown up children and, having moved from London, now jointly run Newland Gallery situated behind their medieval house in Sherborne, Dorset [www.newlandgallery.co.uk]. They run exhibitions of their own work as well as of other artists. They are also involved in community art exhibitions.