Roslin artist Aine Divine is thrilled that her self-portrait will go on display in London as part of a national watercolour competition.
Now in its 28th year, the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the largest showcase for contemporary watercolour painting in the UK. Over 1,200 works were presented this year for consideration, and 90 have been chosen for exhibition.
A prize fund totalling £17,500 is on offer to three of the shortlisted artists. The exhibition begins at the Mall Galleries in London next month, before touring to Birmingham and Guildford.
Aine (45), is happy just to have made it to this stage of the competition.
She said: “I’m totally delighted to have got this far. I was thrilled I just got through the first round and I was kind of thinking that my two paintings submitted would be coming back after that.
“So it was nice that one of them is going to be in the exhibition.
“I have had a painting in an exhibition there before a few years ago, but I’m delighted to have my work on show at the Mall again.”
Aine explained that the painting wasn’t easy to do.
She said: “It’s a bit scary looking. My daughter walked in when I wasn’t there and screamed when she saw the painting.
“I didn’t really like the painting for a while myself.
“So I turned it against the wall for a few months.
“Over time, some feelings of empathy rekindled my interest and it began to live again as I finished it off.”
Aine is a portraitist and art teacher originally from Cork. She took part in BBC One’s 2005 Star Portraits and this year she was a finalist in the Sky Arts portraitist of the year competition.
Aine, who says Roslin is “very much home now”, described her painting style.
She said: “I don’t know if people really go for the way I paint watercolours. It’s not really traditional. But you never know how my entry will get on. I’m just pleased that it is in the exhibition. I might go down for the opening.
“As far back as I can remember I have done painting and drawings, I really enjoy it.”
Aine exhibits extensively in Scotland, while in recent years also gaining awards from the Royal Watercolour Society in London.
And one of her self-portrait currently graces the front cover of the ‘Artist and Illustrators’ magazine.