Raphaella Spence is an English painter born in London in 1978 who lived in France with her parents during her childhood. At age twelve her family moved definitively to Italy where she completed her studies at the St. Georges English School in Rome.
Influenced by views of the Umbrian countryside, Spence turned toward the creation of the Photorealist landscape. Her paintings are magnificent and extremely colourful. Her work goes for £ 7,500 to £ 13,700 ($13,800 to $25,200) making a very sound Art investment if you consider that she is only 30 years old. At 30 in 1911, Picasso was just emerging from poverty. But most of all Spence's paintings show that imitation is not forbidden anymore and that artists can paint what they see without being indicted for philistinism or academicism.