Work by Worcester-based artist Susan Birth has been selected from over 1,000 entries to appear alongside artworks by some of Britain’s leading watercolour artists, and for the second consecutive year.

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 208th Exhibition will be on display at Mall Galleries in London from April 2 to April 17.

A spokesman said: "Susan creates vibrant, semi-abstract artwork making bold use of colour, shape, pattern and texture using a mix of media and techniques including collage. The resulting lively compositions offer variety and are both impactful and intriguing. She describes her paintings as ‘Happy Paintings’ and believes that both creating and viewing art can help reduce stress and promote well-being.

"The painting accepted for this prestigious exhibition has the title ‘Destiny’. The colours are warm and inviting and the image has a certain magical quality. The viewer’s eye is drawn along the winding path to a castle entrance. Or is it a ruin? And what lies behind the fortified walls and beyond in the surrounding landscape?"

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 208th show is the largest exhibition of its kind in the world, showcasing over 400 contemporary water-based media paintings from its members and selected artists from around the globe. Since its founding in 1831, the RI has become universally recognized as one of the leading art institutes.

But local people won't have to travel all the way to the capital to seen Susan's work.

It will be be on exhibition in Elmslie House, Malvern, for a show called 'Colour Unleashed’, starting on May 30 and running through June. Susan will share the space with two Worcester artists Cherrie Mansfield and Caroline Hall. For details visit