Camilla uses a refined palette of soft colours to create quiet and contemplative urban landscapes. She uses water-based paints on gesso—a porous surface which Camilla prepares by hand and which has a similar texture to the buildings she paints.

The urban environment is mostly overpopulated and cluttered, a place we pass through but rarely stop to consider. Camilla’s work attempts to look beyond what is familiar, removing contemporaneous distraction and allowing us to see—often for the first time—the beauty of the built environment.

Camilla has twice been shortlisted for the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, and was named Artist of the Year by Artists & Illustrators Magazine in 2014. She lives and works in South Oxfordshire, England.

We looked at thousands of great artworks during the first stages of judging but Camilla’s painting was one to which all the panel returned again and again. Was it the celebratory bunting and controlled splashes of paint that attracted us to it? Or was it the coolly refined colour palette? Maybe it was the deceptively simple composition and charming subject choice? Or perhaps it was the rigorous draftsmanship under all those painterly textures? In truth, it was all those things and more. This is a deserving win for a very promising artist.
— Steve Pill, Editor, Artists & Illustrators Magazine