Elizabeth McCarten who graduated Fine Art Painting in 2012 has won the Jacksons Young Artist Award in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2017.
The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is in its 30th year, and is the largest and most prestigious showcase of contemporary watercolour painting in the UK.
Eighty-seven works were shortlisted from 1057 submissions by a panel of leading figures from the art world.
Elizabeth won for her ethereal watercolour The Boboli Gardens. Explaining the work she says that “living in a complex and urban environment, my work often stems from a desire to find freedom, space and simplicity. Finding and connecting to places by creating emotive responses are central to my painting process.”
In an interview on Jackson’s blog Elizabeth says that her time studying Fine Art Painting at the University gave her a new sense of independence. “Firstly because I had left London and was exploring a new city on my own for the first time and secondly because it helped develop a strong artistic independence and confidence within myself.”
Previous alumni winners of the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition include printmaking graduate Katherine Maple who won in 2014 and 2016 .