Heathfield painter wins coveted St Cuthbet’s Royal Watercolour Society Competition

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A HEATHFIELD painter has won a prestigious prize in a watercolour competition.

Louise Chavannes won the coveted St Cuthbert’s Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) Competition 2011 with her picture Woodland in Snow.

She has been shortlisted for leading watercolour awards in the past but this is the first time that she has won a national award.

Louise has been painting in watercolour for the last fifteen years and her work has featured in many different exhibitions, predominantly in East Sussex. She combines watercolour with the use of pure pigments. She takes inspiration from walks in the countryside and also from memories of her native Northumberland where she grew up.

As part of winning the RWS competition, three works including Woodland in Snow were exhibited in the London Bankside Gallery.

Louise said: “It was lovely having my work included in such an inspiring collection of watercolour painting. My passion has always been watercolour and I’m delighted to have won one of the RWS prizes. After winning this award I also feel more inspired than ever to develop my painting style.”

Inspired by her win Louise is working on a new project focusing on woodland scenes in a slightly abstract form. As part of this she is preparing 10 pieces for an exhibition later in the year at the Star pub in Old Heathfield.