Lotta paints figurative oil paintings, and is inspired by early 20th Century painters such as the Scottish Colourists and William Nicholson. For the last few years she has lived between Islamabad, Tuscany, Bangkok and London, and in 2022 she moved to Jerusalem. In 2021 Lotta won first prize in the British Arts Prize.
Raised in London and attending St Paul’s Girls’ School and the University of Edinburgh, she trained as a barrister and worked for 14 years in law and development, living for many years in Sierra Leone and Pakistan. She now does animal law one day a week on a pro bono basis. Having painted since she was young, in 2018 she started painting professionally, and has developed a practice focusing on still life and plein air, with a particular interest in gardens and architecture.
Primarily self-trained, she aims to paint loosely, with accuracy of colour and drawing, while maintaining a certain liveliness. Lotta enjoys painting silver and iridescent ceramics which reflect the light and colours of the room, and she offsets them with something alive – a simple fruit or vegetable, or an egg. Her paintings often evoke memories of a calmer time and allow the viewer a moment to breathe.