Ria studied Fine Art, Contemporary Art Practice as a mature student at Surrey University for the Creative Arts. Married mother of four and grandma to three, she has a strong sense of belonging and her love of Hampshire, UK, has been the recurring landscape theme in her work for many years. In several of her paintings, Ria attempts to visually describe not only the place itself but the memory of a feeling or experience, and colour appears to dominate. A long thought process precedes any piece of work, a few rough sketches and then the work evolves on the canvas. Ria is currently working on a series of abstract works to attempt to achieve more ephemeral images. This said, as drawing is core to Ria’s work, she will doubtless return to this in a playful, experimental way to inform her next stage.

Whilst leading several art workshops for children and beginners to art, Ria gained a PGCE/FE and began to set up art groups in her local area and has led short painting courses with an emphasis on creative confidence and community. This work continues while she is living in the Middle East, alongside painting for herself and commissions.