Rosalie Watkins

I have had opportunities I would never otherwise have had with Fine Art Commissions, and find it inspiring seeing the variety of styles they represent as it reminds me to keep exploring.

Rosalie Watkins

I have had opportunities I would never otherwise have had with Fine Art Commissions, and find it inspiring seeing the variety of styles they represent as it reminds me to keep exploring.

Rosalie Watkins

Watkins is a gifted artist who feels at ease with her style. Her portrait of Alison Steadman employs loose passages of paint to create the sensation of a passing gaze. We look at the sitter side on, though not in a formal pose, which contributes to the informality of the painting, ensuring that the academic aspect of her style does not compromise the portrait’s freshness.

Kate Bryan, Head of Contemporary at Fine Art Society & Judge on Sky Arts Portrait of the Year Competition

About Rosalie Watkins

D.O.B 15/08/1984

Rosalie was winner of the 2016 Michael Harding Award and in December 2014 she was selected for the Royal Institute of Oil Painters’ Annual Exhibition, and was awarded the L. Cornelissen & Son as well as third prize for the Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award. She was also first prize winner of the Art Event Evening.

Earlier in 2017, Rosalie was commissioned to paint the portrait of HM Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, a benefactor of Worcester College, Oxford. The painting was unveiled by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall during an official ceremony at the University. As a result of the success of the portrait, the Sultan commissioned Rosalie to paint a second portrait for his private collection.

In June 2013 Rosalie was one of three finalists in the London heat of the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of The Year Competition. Out of 2,000 applicants, Rosalie was one of twenty artists invited for the second round of the competition, which was to paint a portrait during a live, public sitting in Trafalgar Square. The live sitting was filmed and broadcasted on the programme ‘Sky Arts Portrait Artist of The Year’ throughout November 2013. The competitors were asked to paint a famous personality in only a few hours, in Rosalie’s case, the model was Gavin and Stacey actress Alison Steadman, who chose to keep her portrait. The portrait earned high praise from the judges on the programme, renowned portrait painter Thai Shan Schierenberg commented ‘The likeness is extraordinary...she knows what she’s doing’. She has subsequently received multiple commissions, including one from a collector in Australia.

On the back of the Sky Arts Awards, Rosalie has since been commissioned by an Australian collector to paint a portrait of her son.

In 2009 she visited Israel and the West Bank, creating a body of work exhibited at an event held by the Welfare Association in 2010. She has maintained her association with charitable organisations and collaborated with the Human Trafficking Foundation for their exhibition on Modern Day Slavery, producing a series of portraits depicting victims of human trafficking which were exhibited at the House of Lords in 2011. Other recent projects include painting former Poet Laureate for Canterbury Patience Agbabi, which is currently hanging in the Seamus Heaney Library in the Bloomsbury Hotel, and being resident artist with the Saxony State Ballet in Dresden studying anatomy.

Rosalie spent five years studying Fine Art at the Lavender Hill Studios in Battersea. After her first year, Rosalie was then invited to teach at the school as well as continue developing her own work. She continues to teach the school’s foundation course and figure drawing classes.

I have commissioned Rosalie twice to paint head and shoulder oil portraits of my respective daughters-in-law as wedding presents for my sons on their marriages. Rosalie was chosen for several reasons: I liked her style of painting thinking that it possesses an honesty and vibrancy for contemporary portraits of young people today. Her artistic skill is manifest, drawing as it does from traditional drawing practice with a sensitive and subtle sense of colour for the subjects and keen appreciation of their characters. It was important that both young women should form a relaxed relationship with Rosalie which, given Rosalie’s warmth of character, proved to be the case. Both my daughters-in-law said how much they had enjoyed their sittings. Having seen some of Rosalie’s other portraits of more mature sitters, my opinion is that she shows the same sensitivity and accuracy as she has with my daughters-in-law with a fine sense of composition for the larger canvasses.

T. Kennard, 2018

Selected Collections and Commissions

The majority of my work is done from life at my studio in London where there is good controlled north light, although I can travel to sitters when needed. For a head and shoulders portrait I allow three sessions of around three hours with regular breaks, and for fuller pieces as much time as the sitter can give beyond that.

I find it important to have an initial meeting before starting to explore pose and composition ideas, and find out any ideas the client may have for the painting. I then do some sketches to show the client, and hopefully find a set up and composition that is fitting for the sitter, before beginning painting at the next session.

The first session tends to be finding shapes in transparent paint, with some initial colour, this is then developed and more information added in the following sittings. I like to work with the paint still wet, so get the sittings as close together as possible.

Rosalie Watkins

If you would like to commission Rosalie or would like to be sent a Portfolio of her Recent Commissions along with a Price List please e-mail or call the Gallery on 020 7839 2792