Silveen Purdy Des RCA

Committee Member

Having been interested in drawing and painting from a young child, Silveen eventually went to the Harrow School of Art, where she did general Art Study, i.e. life drawing, watercolour, and mixed media painting, anatomy, sculpture, jewellery design and making, but her main subject was Fashion Design.

On completion of her course at Harrow, Silveen gained entry to the Royal College of Art where she completed a three year course in Fashion Design Pattern Cutting, Tailoring and Millinery.

On leaving the RCA with a 1st Class Pass with Honours, Silveen went to work for Wallis shops as a senior designer, which was a wonderful job with trips to Paris and Italy.  This inspired her love of art, painting and drawing.  As a consequence, when she retired she decided to concentrate on watercolour painting.  Having attended Hatch End Art College, she had the opportunity to learn more about watercolour and other mediums.  As a result, Silveen joined the Society of Ruislip Artists, which gave her the opportunity to exhibit her work.  She has been most successful at our exhibitions.

Silveen uses mainly watercolour and her paintings are of café scenes, harbours, scenes from the South of France, and also some with her fashion design influence.  Silveen likes to paint scenes that are of interest to her and that are colourful.