“Primarily I want to honour the things I’m painting. They absorb me and, however mundane they may seem, I want to give them an opportunity to speak and be valued. Most things have some sort of personal resonance or connotation and they’ll evoke different feelings and memories in each of us. My work is not immediate – there’s a lot of planning. I use a restricted palette and work on a painting as a whole, gradually building up tone and colour and moving from large washes to more detailed structure until I achieve the sympathetic and sculptural quality that I want.”
Lillias August is an esteemed member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. IWM2024 is her first appearance in IWM the world class watercolour festival at Lilleshall Hall, Shropshire, UK.