Ed Roberts paints flowers: not with the delicate watercolours of a botanical illustrator whose accurate lines capture every vein and structural perfection anonymously, instead presenting the flowers she chooses large-scale with lavish deep colours, fluid brush strokes and an astonishing abstract beauty.
A British-born artist who lives in Kercem, Gozo, Ed fell in love with the island after a six-month stay and then decided to relocate permanently with her husband and daughter. She has now been in Malta for three years. ‘When I was small, I wasn’t sporty so my mum suggested I drew the flowers in the garden. I was the eldest of three children so I think it was mostly a way for my mum to keep me out from under her feet yet occupied safely,’ she laughs, ‘but look where it’s led me!
Edwina moved to Gozo from Brighton (UK) in 2015. She previously managed the successful ‘Studio Greenhouse’ artist co-operative which she set up over 10 years ago. Her paintings are inspired by flora within the UK and the Maltese islands, 50’s fabric design and Japanese prints. Since graduating from Wolverhampton University with a BA Hons degree, where she specialised in kiln-cast glass, she has exhibited her paintings extensively throughout the UK. Her work has been purchased by many private collectors.
Ed enjoys using strong colour in her work although the range within each picture tends to be tonal with, often, a striking splash of a contrasting colour which adds an extra dimension, a dramatic twist or a note of intrigue. ‘Often I use rich teal, blue, and purples for example, and then I might throw in a sharp yellow, or against fuscias, reds and oranges I’ll use an acidic green.’ she explains.
“ I love to paint flowers. Not pretty delicate flowers, but large, bold, vibrant flowers with rich, bright colours and sweeping dramatic curves. With every brushstroke, I try to create a sense of movement. As the painting grows with many layers of transparent paint it takes on a life of its own. A transformation from a simple line drawing into a painting with texture, overlapping colour, drips and splashes. ” Ed Roberts 2017
Flower Exuberance exhibition will be open on the 1st of April till the 30th of April.