Rising illustrator of children’s books Lily Snowden-Fine has had one of her works selected for the prestigious 208th Exhibition by the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours.

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The success coincides with her first illustrated children’s book a light-hearted zoology work titled Why Do Dogs Sniff Bottoms (published by Thames and Hudson with text by Nick Crumpton). This is something of a ‘full circle’ for Anglo-Canadian, Lily - as a child actress aged just 5, she created the voice of the famous animated character Peppa Pig.

Her work, titled Sometime After Seven O’Clock, is a portrait of an imaginary woman and captures an evening mood with a composition which includes striking tiles of colours created in gouache, the opaque watercolour medium which is her favourite.

Lily Snowden-Fine Sometime After Seven O'Clock Gouache, 32 x 24 cm, £500

Now Lily’s career is divided between creating fine art for exhibition and a growing portfolio of illustrated publications and work: she is already working on two animal-themed works to follow her debut book. The child of two animators, Lily grew up in the UK with a love of illustration and she trained at Ontario College of Art and Design which she credits with launching her career in editorial work but also emboldening her as an independent fine artist.

Of her exhibited work, Lily says: “I love using gouache to create a painting because it’s such a playful palette and suits my style. It allows a new mood for every application and the saturated colours really suit this piece – I really wanted to showcase the textures it provides.”

“Portraits like this are something I’m drawn to – it’s amazing that a simple look in someone’s eye can connect you straight into their world."

Now due to the response to COVID-19, Lily is with her parents in Vancouver, but she is used to working remotely and in a digital world. She was discovered by her first publisher on Instagram and it seems fitting that her prestigious UK exhibition success is – for the time being – online at www.mallgalleries.org.uk

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