CELIA LEWIS was born in 1948 and has lived all her life in Surrey. She has three daughters and six grandchildren. She studied life and portrait charcoal drawing with Signorina Simi in Florence and latterly has been a regular member of an art group near her home. She is a member of several local Art Societies and has held various exhibitions as well as exhibiting with the RI, and the RWS. This year she also had two linocuts hung at the Society of Women Artists exhibition at the Mall Galleries and another at Wildlife Artist of the Year.
Although she also paints in acrylics, watercolours are her first love and she finds her subject matter in her own garden where she keeps chickens, turkeys and occasional Gloucester Old Spot pigs. The chickens featured in her first book, 'Keeping Chickens', published in April 07 by David & Charles and in its follow up Choosing & Raising Chickens. Her more comprehensive publication The Illustrated Guide to Chickens features 100 different breeds with over 200 watercolours with a foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales. The second book in this series, The Illustrated Guide to Pigs with a foreword by HRH The Princess Royal was published in July 2011 and this was followed by The Illustrated Guide to Ducks, Geese & other Domestic Fowl & Cows. Many of the illustrations from these books can be seen on the website. All the Illustrated Guides cover endangered breeds and Celia feels strongly that they should not be lost to future generations but hopes that by painting and writing about them she may do a little to help preserve them.
2013 saw the publication of An Illustrated Country Year - nature uncovered month by month an amusing anthology of nature through the year, and 2015 the companion edition An Illustrated Coastal Year also published by Bloomsbury at the end of August 2015. She has just completed a botanical art course at the Chelsea School of Botanical Art.
Among prizes she has won are:
The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour RI Medal 2005
Raymond Krish Prize 2006
Joe Acheson Award for Watercolour & Gouache 2007
Royal Watercolour Society Windsor & Newton Prize 2010
Farnham Art Society Portrait Award 2011
Farnham Art Society Pullinger Award for best print 2013
Guildford Art Society 'Best in Show' 2013