Tortoise Beetle, 2019
Ink on paper, 25 x 35 cm
Philomena Powell has developed a new series of intricate paintings of exotic insects focusing on the wide diversity of form and colour found in the natural world. In these drawings she has employed techniques used by natural history illustrators, underpainting each picture with gold ink to give her insects their unique iridescent sheen.
Philomena is a long-standing member of Intoart, having joined the studio in 2005. An overarching theme present in her work during all this time is an interest in natural forms. Whether this is expressed through studies of minerals and creatures or a more graphic approach to designing textiles and patterns, nature serves as a consistent muse.