Project Description

Liz Balkwill PS

Awaiting New Images

Orchid Apples and Blueberries

Orchid, Apples and Blueberries

13″ x 9.5″ unframed 19″ x 15.5″ framed oil on board


Freesia with Oriental Pot

12″ x 9″ unframed 18″ x 15″ framed oil on board

Painting Enquiry

Artists Statement
I enjoy painting both still-life and the figure and have recently started painting horses during this lockdown (they have become my new figure/portrait subject). No matter what my subject, I endeavour to achieve a good drawing followed by capturing the way that light and shadow fall over a face or figure to convey form. With still-life, I like the way light can convey mood and can transform everyday objects from the mundane to the beautiful.

Method of working
This can depend on how I feel at the time. Sometimes I just want to get going with little preparation. At other times, I do a lot more planning and preparatory work. I might start with compositional studies/notions moving on to a detailed drawing. Sometimes, I do small poster studies to decide on the colour and value range to convey a mood. Although this sounds lengthy, it can ultimately save me a great deal of time on the finished piece.

Society Memberships
Pastel Society. Institute of East Anglian Artists.

Biographical Details
I graduated from Norwich School of Art in1980. I started working as a portrait painter 25 years ago working in both oil paint and pastels. The painting of still-life enabled me to move away from solely commissioned work and get gallery representation. I am well known locally as a tutor and demonstrator. I have always been keen to improve my skills and have attended many workshops during my career including Daniel Greene, Nelson Shanks, Robert Liberace and Sally Strand who have all been a great source of inspiration. I have also been fortunate to have taught and mentored by Gareth Hawker, a British Portrait painter.

Awards and Prizes

  • The President’s Prize, Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle, 2009
  • The SCS Prize for best small work, Armed Forces Art Society (AFAS), 2009
  • St Cuthberts Mill Award, AFAS, 2010
  • Highly commended SAA Artist of the Year, 2011
  • Herring Easel Prize, ROI, 2013
  • Unison Award, Pastel Society, 2013
  • Society Prize for Painting, AFAS, 2013
  • Pan Pastel Prize, Pastel Society 2015
  • W & N award for non-member ROI 2016
  • Buzzacott Award, Pastel society 2019
  • Best in Show Award, Institute of East Anglian Artists, 2019.

Galleries and Exhibitions
Liz’s work is currently being exhibited in the following galleries:

Mandell’s Gallery, Norwich.
Adrian Hill Fine Art, Holt.
Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh.
Sarah Samuels Fine Paintings, Chester*
She is a regular contributor at the Mall Galleries with the ROI and the Pastel Society, and has shown with SWA and the Royal Society of Portrait Painter

Liz has written and contributed to features in the Artist’s and Illustrators Magazine.

*We are delighted to be showing Liz’s beautiful work for the first time in Chester.