About Lagarto Studio Watercolours
Beth is a Watercolour Artist from Coventry UK although she started her artistic career as a Graphic Designer after graduating from Leicester Polytechnic in 1986. She worked in a number of Design Agencies in and around her home town until 1999 when she gave up her career to start and raise a family.
During this period, the field of Graphic Design moved on massively making returning to it not an option she relished and by this time she found that she was craving a more hands on creativity.
At the age of 51 and after spending time looking at the work of Artists online, her previous interest in Watercolour quickly became more than just a hobby and a year later in July 2017 after having produced 100 or so paintings she started her Studio, Lagarto Studio Watercolours.
Initially painting mainly animals and inanimate objects, her confidence and passion for the medium grew as did her determination to be able to paint any subject matter including the human form, something she had previously avoided. Ironically for a while this became her most commissioned subject matter.
During the COVID 19 lockdown of 2020 Beth took part in the 'Free Portraits for NHS heroes' initiative. She found it a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience, if not a little nerve wracking. She completed 23 free portraits and was featured in her local newspaper (The Coventry Telegraph) and the local Radio Station (BBC CWR).
More than her new found fondness of figurative work (and a direct result of the COVID 19 lockdowns) was her increasing desire for escapism. Boats, water and the sea were starting to become an obsession. Initially thinking this was simply due to a fascination with light, movement and reflection she soon realised however, it was much more. The lockdowns had given Beth a subject matter she was developing a real enthusiasm and passion for.
Beth works exclusively in Watercolour, it is a well known fact amongst Artists that it is not the easiest of mediums. Beth says of Watercolour
"You are always under pressure, often only having minutes before the paint dries and then mistakes can rarely be corrected. It is both unforgiving, and unpredictable but, these are the very characteristics that make it an incredibly exiting medium in which to work. I love the fluidity, the movement you can achieve, and the very fact you can't totally control it, you almost dance with it, it's a very emotive medium. I love the challenges the medium presents and the fact that you cannot paint the same painting, the same way twice. I also love that it is easily transportable, reasonably priced and far less messy than other mediums"
Beth sees each painting as a new challenge, and one she relishes daily.
Most 'liked' painting of 2021
Solitude at Sea
23, June 2021
977 'likes' and 218 comments.
The comments for this painting were amazing and I was certainly kept busy replying to them. It was quite overwhelming in a lovely way.
Solitude at Sea original painting and giclee print
This photograph shows the original painting alongside the giclee print. The quality of the print is exceptional and it is difficult to actually tell the difference between the two.
Venice original painting and giclee print
10, July 2021
Once again the original painting on the left and the giclee print on the right. Again a fabulous quality reproduction.
I can arrange for giclee prints of a majority of my paintings. Pllease contact me with enquiries.