British, b. 1948

Birmingham based Sue Howells is a self-taught artist and one who has enjoyed great success, winning the Solomon and Whitehead  Award in 2008, followed in the same year by being recognised by the Fine Art Trade Guild of Great Britain as the best selling published artist in the UK.

 

Sue is known for her interpretation of landscapes and buildings - she has developed a bold and vivid style to express her view of the world and bring perspective to her paintings. Sue paints in watercolours, maintaining her energy and colours by using an economy of brush strokes. She works as loosely as possible as watercolours can be controlled but never bullied. She says of her work:  "I don't usually plan my paintings in advance.  Starting with a loose wash, I let one brush stroke lead to another, always looking for the perfect composition, cropping along the way to get the right balance. The enjoyment of using pure watercolour is important to me, exploiting the effect of this elusive medium, letting the beauty of the paper shine through. I am much inspired by the Pembrokeshire and Brecon landscapes, and closer to home, the Clent hills and the Black Country.'

 

In 2018, Sue she was elected as a full member of the Royal Watercolour Society.