I began my life as a watercolourist and it is still a medium that I love. I like its immediacy and portablity, the simplicity of its materials, and the way framed watercolours can be hung close together, making it a natural vehicle for series of images and for exploring  subjects in depth.

After studying at the Royal Academy Schools, I won a Ford Scholarship to study painting in Spain and two years later in 1984 had my first solo London show.

between then and 2002 I continued to hold regular  shows at The Maas Gallery, Sally Hunter Fine Art, and Abbott and Holder and undertook many commissions for portraits, book covers, (icluding for Collins publishers and Harvill Press),interiors of houses and murals. I also showed in mixed exhibitions including The Royal Academy Summer Show, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and The New English Art Club.


From 2002 - 2005 I  lived in Romania where I painted a series of watercolours of one remote village in Transylvania, Mălâncrav, over a period of five years. Exhibitions of these paintings were held by the British Council in Sibui, Transylvania, and Luxembourg and in London at The Romanian Cultural Institute, where I also showed a collection of paintings about Moldavian Masquerade.


When not painting I set up an Arts Centre and gallery in Bucharest, Galeria Mora, which still operates under the name of MORA, and is a charitable foundation run by and for young Romanian artists.





In 2005 I moved to East London where I set up East London Textile Arts, a participatory textile project working on long term projects with local communities, including adults with learning disabilities and highy skilled women's groups, on projects often of social and politial concern.

I have work in many collections including The Ashmolean, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, Baliol College, Oxford, The Faringdon Collection and The Luxembourg Government Collection


I now live in North Norfolk, moving from East London in 2017. I devide my time between running East London Textile Arts and making my own pictures, booklets, patterned papers and printed fabrics with occasional book covers, illustrations and commissions.


I am currently working on an exhibition about climate change with the North Norfolk Green Party. This will focus on making drawings about becoming more aware of my carbon footprint and looking at my immediate surroundings and how both local communities and wider political decisions impact on creating

greenhouse gases.

More details to follow soon.


© 2014 by Celia Ward