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SERENA ROWE

Born in 1977, Rowe took a Foundation art course at Chelsea School of Art and Design, for which she received a merit. After going to University, Serena went to The Florence Academy of Art, followed by a scholarship postgraduate MA course at the Prince's Drawing School in London. "I had always wanted to paint people but when I couldn't find anyone who would sit for me I started to find things that would: pieces I found around me in my studio, on my travels, in my grandmother's attic, in the woods or brought in by the tide on the shore. My foraging resulted in a cuckoo's nest of characters. They had their stories to tell. And so I began to paint their portraits.  It is the everyday which makes me pick up a paintbrush. When I paint, I want the mark making to remain as free and painterly as possible.  I waste no time in getting the subject down on board, never spending more than a day on one painting. If it's not right I will scrape it down and start again."  Serena has won numerous awards including The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts exhibition award.  She was a prizewinner at The New Generation exhibition, Gracefield Art Studio, Dumfries and was a Winsor and Newton Young Artists Finalist at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries. Serena's work has been illustrated in many publications and her work is collected privately worldwide, including by HRH The Prince of Wales.