Priscilla Watkins




Welcome to my site

I paint people swimming at Brockwell Lido. I love painting figures but I also love to capture the light on and beneath the water. For me light is a magical ingredient in painting. It performs emotional miracles on the brain. It gives depth and drama. When you capture light you work with darkness. You cannot have one without the other.

    I want my pictures to be full of the joy of colour, sun and cold water but I also want them to inspire and move people. My paintings often have a deep emotional resonance because the figures can seem vulnerable and lonely but also free and floating in space. They also show that ordinary life and an everyday activity like swimming can be full of mystery and poetry. It’s always just below the surface.

    I am a keen Brockwell Lido swimmer. To swim there is blissful. It unites me with friends and with the community. It is a truly democratic and very special space that has been rescued by a dedicated few for the enjoyment of many. I hope my feelings for it come through in the work.

More about my work

These are original paintings. I work with oil on canvas or linen and all my paintings are on 45mm deep-edged frames. Each one is different. I work from photographs but I transfer the image with just my hand and my eye. I don’t use a projector, and I edit and adjust as I go. For me this is part of the process. They take a long time to complete, often months.

    I have been selling my work to the public since 2006. I have exhibited work at Urban Art (Brixton), Lambeth Open, the Affordable Art Fair (Battersea), the Pond Gallery (Clapham), Dulwich Open House Festival, the JAGS Art Fair (Dulwich), and Studio 73 (Brixton village).

    I also work on commission and can offer a bespoke service to clients wishing to fill a particular space.

See my work

Visit my online gallery.

Get in touch

07929 451916

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Only one or two of my paintings are available to buy at any time. This reflects the time they take to paint and the fact that they tend to sell quickly (I also work largely on commission, which leaves less time to do other work!). Right now, as well as commissions, I’m putting together some work for two upcoming events. See you there:

Dulwich Artists’ Open House on 13-14 May 2017 (click to see more).

Brixton Urban Art
on 8-9 July 2017

These watercolour and coloured-pencil collages are inspired by swimmers at Brockwell Lido – you can buy them at Studio 73 in Brixton village.



My painting ‘Andromeda’ was preselected for the Royal Institute of Oil Painters’ Open Exhibition 2016.