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Pastel artist

I am an artist based near Exeter, in the South West of England, inspired by horses and people, and the dramatic landscape around me. I paint to capture a moment in time, and what it feels like to be there, breathing life and energy into my subjects. 
Come and take a look here at my original pastels and prints, and find out about my courses in the UK and Italy, my book and videos, or shop for pastel sets and more.

News and Exhibitions

I was thrilled to be shortlisted for the Artist and Illustrator’s ‘Artist of the Year’ 2019, and became an Associate Member of the Society of Equestrian Artists in 2018.  My work can be seen all year at Wildwood Arts Gallery in Devon.
My book, ‘Pastels for the Absolute Beginner’ will be published by Search Press in October. Take a look here to find out more about it and see some sample pages. You can now pre-order your signed copy here as well!
Exhibitions in the diary so far include;

Artists of the Year, Mall Galleries , February 2019
Delamore Arts, Devon, May 2019
Dartmoor Artists, Ashburton, July 2019
RHS Rosemoor, September 2019
Doddiscombsleigh Art Fair, Oct 2019
Dogberry and Finch Books, Okehampton, Oct 2019, more details to follow.
Current; Wildwood Arts, Horrabridge, Devon, all year round
Please get in touch if you would like to come and visit my studio, I welcome visitors, but please make an appointment first!

Original pastels

Originals are for sale, click on the image for details of how to buy.


Commission your own unique and personal piece of art, perhaps to mark a special occasion. I can work from good quality photographs along with information about the personality of my subject. A commissioned painting will be treasured for many years.

Courses and videos

Learn more about pastels in depth, and spend time developing your own art in lovely surroundings. We have one day Studio Courses and New Pastel School Courses in which I share my enthusiasm for this versatile medium with inspiring pastel artist Nel Whatmore. Also online tuition and videos to download. 


  • ‘Before the Last Race’, pastel, one of my pieces accepted for the Society of Equestrian Artists exhibition this month. The Horse in Art Exhibition will be at the Sally Mitchell Gallery in Tuxford 15th to 28th September. Delighted to have my pieces accepted! In this one I was trying to capture the wonderful low light at the end of the day at Exeter racecourse. I used Unison pastels on Colourfix primer. #societyofequestrianartists #sallymitchellequestrian #horseinart #equestrian #horseracing #pastels #unisoncolour #colourfix #artspectrum
  • This is how happy I am to have an advanced copy of my new book in my hands! ‘Pastels for the Absolute Beginner’ will be published by Search Press in October. I have loved books all of my life from Enid Blyton and pony stories as a child to fiction, non-fiction and art books as an adult. I learn, dream, imagine and get inspired by books, and am absolutely delighted to have finally written one myself. It is a book for any of you that want to learn how to use soft pastels or be inspired to develop your pastel work. You can see some sample pages and even pre-order a signed copy from my website now, link in bio. #pastelsfortheabsolutebeginner #pastels #unisoncolour #rebeccademendonca @artbooks #pastelbooks #booksforartists #pastelcourses #pastelholidays #artcourses
  • Happy days! A big thank you to @unisoncolour for sending our New Pastel School pastel sets order so quickly, I can send them to our waiting customers now yippee! New art materials give me SO much pleasure. All that beautiful potential.....Link in bio to see them for sale on my website. #unisoncolour #thenewpastelschool #pastelpainting #pastel #artmaterials #lovemyjob #colour #pastelcourses

Prints, cards & more

Limited Edition Prints, small signed prints, and greetings cards are all available to buy online. My book ‘Pastels for the Absolute Beginner’ will be published by Search Press early next year and available here.

Pastel sets

Our New Pastel School Unison pastel sets are now available to buy online.  We have chosen these unique ranges of Unison pastels with great care in response to demand from students over the years. Starter sets, Landscape, Animals, Portrait and Floral selections available.

Stay in touch

I’ll keep you posted about recent work
and upcoming classes and courses.