Autumn in the Air - Watercolour.
Ann Blockley SWA is a renowned watercolour and mixed-media artist with an individual style developed over thirty years of professional painting. Her pictures are evocative, atmospheric and intuitive. Her longstanding passion has been for flowers and nature, inspired by the gardens and countryside close to her Cotswold studio. Ann has a worldwide reputation for flower painting but her landscapes and animals are also collector's items. She has written seven books on her painting methods covering many subjects.
In all her pictures, Ann uses painterly textures, marks and edge values, using watercolour in a loose and flowing style. She stretches the boundaries of the medium, sometimes working on a gesso surface to create unconventional textured images and sometimes reconstructing her work into intricate collages. She is continually exploring, experimenting and re-evaluating her work. This theme is continued in her latest book and dvd, 'Experimental Flowers in Watercolour' published by Anova Books and Townhouse Films.
Ann has established a reputation as an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher at workshops in the UK and abroad. Her work is exhibited in galleries throughout UK. She writes for the Artist magazine and is a member of the Society of Women artists. (SWA). Her father was the inspirational artist, John Blockley RI PPPS RWA.
Ann received the Princess Michael of Kent Award for 'Most outstanding watercolour' at the SWA annual exhibition in the Mall Galleries, London, 2012. The award was presented by the Princess for a watercolour called 'Single Rose'.