Anne Palmer (1932-2015)
A well-known painter, designer and teacher. She was born at Elham, near Hythe in Kent (née Jennifer Anne East) and married the artist James Palmer (1917-2008) in 1953. She trained initially as a textile designer and gradually turned to painting, influenced by the work of Paul Klee. She studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts where her teachers included Eduardo Paolozzi, Mervyn Peake, and Gordon Crook. She taught at Bromley College of Art. Anne Palmer exhibited extensively at the Royal Academy from 1956, and at the New Art Centre in London SW1, the John Moores annual exhibitions in Liverpool, and the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham, Surrey. Apart from her paintings of subjects in Kent, she worked regularly in France and Italy, and lived for many years at Lower Hardres, near to Canterbury in Kent.