Celia Montague is a portrait and landscape painter based in Oxford and Venice.
She graduated from St. Hugh's College, Oxford with an M.A. in Modern and Mediaeval Languages, then trained for and was called to the Bar. After a brief career as a barrister in London she left for drama school and became an actress. She worked widely on stage, television, film and audio books, while bringing up two sons, before training as a painter. Studies in life drawing over a number of years at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford led to her taking the Portrait Diploma for painters at Heatherley's School of Fine Art in London, and then life painting for a further two years at the Prince's Drawing School.
As a landscape painter in England, she finds the motifs that inspire her by exploring in her painting van, from which she is able to paint in most weathers. Otherwise she may be found painting on a French hillside or a Venetian fondamenta, contending with the elements in the old tradition.
As a portrait painter she works mainly to commission.
She has exhibited regularly in England since graduating from Heatherleys. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.