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Ann Blockley

About the artist: Ann Blockley is a watercolour artist with an individual style developed over years of experimenting. Her paintings 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. She is one of UK’s leading flower painters, with a long list of flower painting books published by Harper Collins.

The launch of her book ‘Watercolour Textures ‘ in 2007 saw a dramatic change of direction. She states ‘ The development of this book has been a turning point in my career which has taken me on a voyage of self discovery’. Landscapes, buildings and animals, seen on her travels both in UK and abroad, have inspired Ann to paint new subjects and develop fresh ideas.

Although not losing sight of the magic of the watercolour wash , she stretches the boundaries of the medium, sometimes working on a gesso surface or using techniques such as collage to create unconventional images.

In her flower paintings it is the textures, marks, edge values and mood that fascinate Ann. It is these qualities that she continues to explore in her other subjects.

Ann Blockley has written articles for Leisure Painter magazine for many years and, as well as her books, has made two videos, showing her work in progress. A large following of students visit her popular workshops in UK and join her on painting holidays abroad.

Ann’s father was the inspirational artist G John Blockley RI PPPS RWA (1921-2002).