Celia de Serra has been a practicing artist since 1995 when she graduated from Exeter University with a first class honours in Fine Art. 10 years ago she moved to Shropshire and recently mid Wales where her studio is based. Celia has been exhibiting her paintings and drawings widely throughout the UK since 1996 and for several years was a regular exhibitor at old The Silk Top Hat Gallery in Ludlow – now Twenty-Twenty Gallery. Celia has completed commissions for both Somerset and Dorset NHS Trusts where a collection of her paintings now remain on permanent display, she has also been granted several awards for her drawings from the Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust. In the last few years she has been involved with, and is a founder member of, The Arborealists: a group of like minded artists whose primary focus and subject matter is the tree. They exhibit together in galleries throughout the uk (and venues in France) and have, to date, produced 3 publications. As well as exhibiting with the Arborealists as often as she can, Celia regularly exhibits in Dorset and London in art fairs and solo shows.
‘I spend much of my time exploring the landscape, looking for inspiring places and for images that have something about them. Light is particularly important – the way in which it can transform something small, or illuminate a place in a curious or dramatic way. Always a painter, I returned to drawing several years ago and that has become my current primary medium; I love the directness of it, the marks, the tonal variations and the capacity to build up layers and depth without the confusion of colour’.