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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’ published by Search Press is available now. Take a look here to find out more about it, see some sample pages, and read a review from The Artist magazine. 
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, 25th to 27th Oct 2019
Dogberry and Finch Books, Okehampton, I will be having an exhibition at this lovely new bookshop, starting with a signing/come and say hello day on 29th October.
Current; Wildwood Arts, Horrabridge, Devon, new work to see at the Autumn/Winter Exhibition until Christmas Eve
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. 


  • If you are in the South West or fancy a trip to gorgeous Cornwall next week, I will be at Truro Arts next Monday to give a workshop. ‘Life and Energy in Pastels’ will look at capturing life and movement with figure on the beach and in street scenes. There are a couple of places left and a competition to win a place too! Take a look at @truroartsco for more details. I can’t wait to get to Cornwall! #pastelworkshop #pastels #artcourse #artincornwall #truro
  • My book is now available, hurray! I was thrilled with the review in The Artist magazine this month.......
'This unassuming, but not insubstantial book is a bit of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Although billed as an introduction it is actually one of the best and most comprehensive books on pastel there has been in a long time – possibly ever........' If you want to see the full review and find out more about the book, there is lots to see on my website https://rebeccademendonca.co.uk/pastel-painting-book/
It means a lot to me to read that after all of the careful thought and hard work that went into it. #pastel #pastelpainting #unisoncolour #thenewpastelschool #artbook #lovemyjob #southwestartist #arttuition
  • I was delighted thus week to see some of the wonderful new work going on the walls at Wildwoods Arts near Tavistock, Devon for their Autumn/Winter Exhibition, opening this Saturday 27th September. It’s a fabulous gallery, with a huge selection of artists work, I feel very lucky to be there! This is one of mine ‘A Beautiful Evening’, Unison pastel, Conte crayon and lots of Colourfux primer with acrylics. I had a lot of fun creating this! #wildwoodartsdartmoor #coastalpainting #coastalartist #southwestartist #devon #unisoncolour #artspectrum #colourfix #rocks #beautifullight

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.