Academic Career

Studied at the St. Albans School of Art 1971-1972  

Studied at the West Surrey College of Art & Design 1972-1975  

Studied at The St. Albans School of Art 1981-  1983

B.A. Hons Degree in Fine Art

Advanced Combined Fine Art Degree

Winner of the Daler Rowney Watercolour Award, Glynis has also been a major contributor to many books on Watercolour Painting.  

 

Her own book, Watercolour Workshop, published 2006 was followed by Watercolour 2, published 2007.

Chosen to take part in the BBC series Star Portraits, Glynis painted Dame Kelly Holmes in the programme screened in April 2007.

Glynis has work hanging in many stately homes in Britain, some, like Mapledurham House in Oxfordshire, are open to the public.

Biography

Glynis’ artistic ability became evident whilst she was still a small child and by her early teens she had experimented with a wide range of mediums and styles of expression. Later, during her years of study, she found she was drawn towards the medium of watercolour and became fascinated by what she saw as an exciting and fresh approach to portraiture.

Moving away from the thicker, heavier colours of oils, Glynis focused her attention on the creation of form through the build up of colour and detail, wash by wash. However, watercolour is an extremely difficult medium to control and has a strict requirement for accuracy. Mistakes are not easily rectified as the very life of the painting relies on light reflecting back from the white paper base, through the colour. Experimentation with various weights and weaves of paper and the detailed study of anatomy and physiology contribute to Glynis’ rise to one of the country’s leading portrait painters.

In constantly, exploring the way in which the unique qualities of watercolour can be used to produce light and vitality in her work, Glynis has developed a skill that captures not only the subject’s likeness but also his very soul in a single moment of time.

 

Commissions include

Birmingham Royal Ballet, Penguin Books, Associated Newspapers, Hill Samuel Investment, BBC Publications, Quarto Publishing, Wilberforce Chambers, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, De Agostinti Publishing