Christine (Chris) Lockwood

I trained at Chester College of Art and Nottingham Trent (BA Hons.) specializing in Printed Textile Design in the department of Fashion and Textiles. A retail business in the city centre of Nottingham followed and for many years I designed and hand printed fashion and furnishing fabrics.

I now live in a village just outside Cambridge and have a light sunny studio where I can create and paint. My work can be seen in exhibitions around Cambridge and the East Anglian area. I am a member of Cambridge Drawing Society, Society of East Anglian Watercolourists and Cambridge Open Studios. I teach watercolour painting and run regular workshops for my painting students.

2022 is an exciting year for me so far. I have been awarded first prize (one of 6 prize winners) in the International Watercolour Masters contest and will have my painting (Soaking up the Sunshine) displayed alongside 30 of the Master Watercolour Painters of the World at a special exhibition from 16th to 29th May at Lilleshall Hall, Shropshire. (International Watercolour Masters Exhibition.) This is such an honour for me.

I have always had a passion for ‘watercolour’ with its luminosity and transparency of colour. Inspiration comes from many sources, from my travels around the Cornish coastline and Scottish Highlands to beautiful gardens in France. This last year my own cottage garden with its abundance of colourful flowers was a joy to paint (as well as dig, weed, hoe and water !!)

I work on quite a large scale, boldly and spontaneously, wet into wet but in a controlled way. I love to see the colours run and blend together giving that element of excitement and surprise.

I enjoy sketching and painting ‘en plein air’ as well as in the studio, with both watercolours and more recently, oils.