Shirley Trevena has always tried to break the rules of conventional watercolour painting and over the years she has developed a wonderfully loose way of painting using a dynamic palette of colours.
Her paintings have strong compositions, unusual perspectives and, above all, strength and vibrancy in her colour compositions.
She has an international reputation and is regarded as one of Britain’s most innovative artists in the medium.
She has been a member of the Royal institute of Painters in Watercolours since 1994 and in her first year won the prestigious Winsor & Newton Award. The Following year she won the Llewellen Prize and in 2007 the John Blockley Prize.
She exhibits each year at the Mall Galleries, London and at the Sussex Watercolour Society’s exhibitions. In 2010 she exhibited as a special guest at the 7thInternational Watercolour Festival in Antwerp, Belgium. In 2011 she exhibited as one of 5 international watercolour artists at the St Cyr sur Mer Biennale in the south of France.
She is author of 3 best selling books: Taking Risks with Watercolour, Vibrant Watercolours and Breaking the Rules of Watercolour.