Gillian Strutt

Artist's Statement:

I grew up in Sussex and throughout my childhood I painted the wild flowers that I found growing on the South Downs. I have retained my love for nature and, through my art, seek to reflect my awe and respect by faithfully representing the spirit of natural objects.

I graduated with a Fine Art degree from Middlesex University where I concentrated on painting, sculpture and photography. Since then I have specialized in painting with water colour, making compositions from natural forms such as flowers, plants and stones.

My botanical paintings concentrate on depicting the character, detail, colour, texture and form of a plant. I prefer to paint from life at home as this gives more time and a controlled environment that allow me to focus on the detail and convey the essence of a plant. Painting, for me, is very meditative, enjoyable and totally absorbing. My aim is to capture a moment in time in the life of a flower and portray its beauty, magic and fragility. I use a combination of wet in-wet, dry brush, layers and glazes of paint to achieve a quality of luminosity and delicacy. I have exhibited my paintings locally in Sussex.

I work by commission for original artwork and have originals, limited edition prints and greetings cards of my work.

To contact me:

Grand Prix Roses
Grand Prix Roses, watercolour, 37cm x 29cm

All images © Gillian Strutt, 2009


Phalaenopsis or Moth Orchid, watercolour, 33cm x 48cm
Alstroemeria or Peruvian Lily, watercolour, 28cm x 18cm
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