Some jobs are so daunting they get put off for years… like updating our profile picture. Over a year ago I realised that our portrait didn’t look like us anymore and that trying to persuade myself it didn’t matter / putting my head in the sand hadn’t worked.

It takes a hard deadline from outside to make it happen. Our first portrait was taken in 2006 at a photo session with Martin Avery for an exhibition in Ireland and Aberystwyth called Emerging Makers.

James and Tilla Waters by Martin Avery 2006









Time marched on but the portrait stayed the same until we were awarded an Arts Council of Wales grant in 2012. They requested an “up to date portrait” for their website. It was a sunny day and James was gardening so I set up the camera and tripod in dappled shade and told him where to stand. I forgot to tell him to take off his gardening gloves so had to remove it digitally later!
















Last week I did an interview for Country Living Modern Rustic who will be featuring us in the New Year. This was the shove we needed. On Sunday afternoon our lovely new apprentice, Becca Thornton, took several zillion shots of us and bingo! We’re current again. We’ve chosen one of us looking fairly serious:

James and Tilla Waters 2017









but I thought you might like to see some of the less serious ones…











17 thoughts on “Portraits”

  1. Taylin Bridges

    Beautiful pictures. I am doing a project on your art work and I was wondering what is your inspiration and purpose for all of them?

    1. Tilla Waters Post Author

      Thank you Taylin, well it’s not easy to answer into a few sentences… and I’m not keen on having everything neatly defined and summed up. I enjoy working with colour and mark-making and suppose our work reflects all the skills and influences that accumulate over a lifetime.
      Good luck with your project.

  2. Miriam

    How long is it since we met? Looking at this beautiful photograph of you Tilla, I know it is a long time. I shall have to up date the mental image.

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