Isabella Watling

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Isabella Watling

United Kingdom

Isabella Watling was born in  London in 1990, and spent her formative years in the UK and Australia. From the age of 18 she trained at the Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence where she returns periodically to teach portrait and figure painting. Isabella now lives and works in London.

Her time at the studio gave Isabella a rigorous training in sight-size portraiture, following the tradition of masters like Van Dyck, Velázquez and Sargent. In keeping with this approach, Isabella’s portraits are painted to the scale of life, under natural light and always directly from the sitter.

Isabella’s portraits of The Importance of Being Glenn and Gina and Christiano were exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, London for the BP Portrait Award 2012 and 2014 respectively. 

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