Gilly Lovegrove trained at Central St Martins in London. She worked for many years as an illustrator in design and advertising.
Since 2006, Gilly has concentrated on portrait and still life oil painting commissions working from her studio in Kent. With a love of chiaroscuro, the intention of her still life painting is to capture the beauty and calm of natural light and studied reflections, engaging the viewer in the immediacy of freshly cut flowers. Many of the flowers are from her garden.
Gilly teaches portrait and still life drawing and painting workshops to art groups, Kent schools and has taught flower drawing at the National Trust Sissinghurst Castle, Kent.
She exhibits in London, Kent, Surrey, Hampshire and Somerset. Her portrait painting was selected for the Ruth Borchard Exhibition at the Kings Place Gallery in London. Most recently, in 2021, her self-portrait painting was selected for exhibit at the Turner Contemporary Open, Margate