About Me


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, the SBS, The Society of Women Artists and  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 recently gained a  Chelsea School of Botanical Art Diploma.

2017 Exhibitions:  April - Farnham Art Society Exhibition

                                                   AppArt Priorsfield School

                                    June - Guildford Arts at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

                                                    Solo exhibition at Farnham Pottery

                                    October - Art Now at the Bourneside Gallery, Dorking

                                    December - Browse & Derby Christmas Exhibition, 19-20 Cork St, W1

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


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