Rosa Sepple
Artists & Illustrators|December 2018
Rosa Sepple

The president of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and 2019 Artists of the Year judge shows us around

Sally Hales

Where is your studio?

At home in Hornchurch. I started off in the kitchen. When my boys left home, I came upstairs in comfort. This used to be a bedroom; it’s not a bad sized-space. My mum comes and watches TV and reads magazines while I’m working. I always thought artists had posh places but, over the years, I’ve realised they don’t. I know some who have gazebos in the garden or use the shed. I’m quite comfortable.

How long have you been painting?

Twenty years. It’s actually not long considering how old I am.

How did you get the bug?

My granddad was an artist but that isn’t why I became an artist. I think it runs in the family – we are all quite artistic. I used to walk the dog around the block and when a new gallery opened I became friends with the young lady who owned it. She used to paint watercolour in the window and I was fascinated by the water, the paint and what they did. She gave me some paints and paper, and I painted some poppies.

I took them into her one morning. This guy came in and he was looking to buy a painting. He saw my poppies on the chair and he said, “Are they for sale?” That was it. It was the first time that I had painted anything and he bought it.

When did you join the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI)?

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December 2018