Women in Art: Q&A with Florence Yuqing RI

/ Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

Florence Yuqing RI artist in studio
Florence Yuqing, young women painting

Women in Art: Q&A with Florence Yuqing RI

On the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2024, we are excited to celebrate the progress made in promoting gender equality and empowering women, with a special focus in the creative arts sector. Join us in celebrating the diverse achievements of women from all walks of life. To honour this occasion, we have curated a series of Q&A sessions featuring three exceptional artists, including both members and non-members of the Federation of British Artists (FBA).

We had the pleasure to speak with the exceptionally talented watercolor artist, Florence Yuqing RI. As the youngest member artist of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and a notable figure within the Federation of British Artists, Florence brings a unique perspective to her craft. In our conversation, Florence shared insights into her artistic journey, spanning from the technical aspects of watercolour to the profound emotions she conveys in her portrayals of human experience. 

What led you to choose watercolour as your preferred medium, and what aspects of working with watercolour do you find most appealing or enjoyable?

Choosing watercolour wasn't a deliberate decision, it's simply the medium I started with when I began painting as a kid, and it stuck with me. I feel at ease and confident using watercolour, it allows me to express myself and my creativity freely. I appreciate its translucent quality and the fact that it dries quickly, it always gets me excited to see the finished piece. Even though watercolour has been my favourite for a long time, I'm open to trying new things like oils, I'll see how it goes, but I know I'll always have a soft spot for watercolours.

Florence Yuqing RI, Ophelia, 35x26cm. BUY NOW

Your portraits mainly depict the female figure, why is this? Are there particular messages you aim to communicate through your artwork?

There isn't a specific reason why I predominantly paint female figures, but I believe it's because I feel most natural with it. When creating a portrait, I take pleasure in exploring and conveying aspects like the delicacy, fragility, and sensitivity nature in human beings, with a particular focus on the beauty of flesh. While these elements exist in both genders, I currently find that female figures offer me the most freedom to express them, even though I can't pinpoint exactly why. Nevertheless, my aspiration has always been to paint various people, including males and children, and this is a goal I hope to achieve in the near future.