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I have a passion for watercolours and love to play with colour, exploring the effect of combining pigment and water on the paper. Challenging the traditional view that watercolours are pale and washy, I love vibrant colour used in exciting combinations. I am especially drawn to flowers, their three dimensional forms presenting endless challenges.

Recently I have been focusing more on pale flowers for my “Pale Beauties” exhibition at the Kington Gallery. Whether it’s the softest whisper of primroses, the sunny yellow of daffodils, the pastel shades of hydrangeas or the pure whites of daisies this presents another unique challenge – how to set them off without the surroundings stealing the limelight.

My ambition when I start work on a new piece is to capture much more than a likeness. I would like to evoke feelings and moods for the viewer, catch that special something, the essence of the flower on the paper – a moment in time that can never be repeated.

I have recently had a solo exhibition at the Kington Gallery, Kington, Herefordshire, and my work is in private collections throughout the UK, Europe, USA and Canada.

Six of my paintings were chosen for a set of greeting cards, published by Fidget Clubcards in 2010.

I won the SAA Amateur Artist of the Year 2012 for my painting “Cosmic Poppies”.

I have a new calendar of my floral watercolours now available – a perfect Christmas gift!

  • Joined: April 2008


All Change

I don’t quite know where to start, the last couple of years have been interesting! / The last time I wrote a journal here, I was quite poorly. Happily everything was sorted in November 2014, surgery was successful and I should have been raring to go. Unfortunately my muse decided not to play ball, and painting wasn’t on the agenda for many months. That wasn’t helped by the news …
Posted 5 months – 3 comments

Forgive me

I’ve been very quiet online this year mainly because I haven’t felt up to painting much. I’ve had bouts of pain and sickness since January, the cause of which has been diagnosed as gallstones. I’m now seeing a surgeon who has ordered more tests to check where the gallstones are so he knows what treatment I need. I will definitely be undergoing surgery, the question is …
Posted about 2 years – 6 comments

"Show Off" nominated for SoJie 25!

MY WORK HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR SoJie 25! / / Show Off / by Ruth S Harris /   /   /    Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition… /   / I am very excited to have my art selected, from over 74000 works of art, to exhibit in SoJie 25. SoJie 25 takes its name from the first letters of Solo’s Juried Invitational Exhibition. This month is only the 25th on…
Posted over 2 years – 9 comments

SOJIE 23 - a great honour!

I was thrilled to be asked by Beatrice Cloake to select the nominations for the Traditional Art category in Solo Exhibition’s 23rd SOJIE. I have had the immense pleasure of being nominated for two previous SOJIE’s, so I know what a wonderful experience it is. Good luck to all the nominees…. you’re all winners already, selected from thousands of images in the Solo gallery.…
Posted almost 3 years – 22 comments
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