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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. I am happy to undertake commissions.

Come and take a look here at my original pastels and prints, and find out about my courses in the UK and Italy, my writing 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.
Exhibitions in the diary so far include;
Artists of the Year, Mall Galleries 25th Feb to 2nd March 2019
Delamore Arts, Devon, May 2019
Dartmoor Artists, Ashburton, July/August 2019
RHS Rosemoor, September 2019
Doddiscombsleigh Art Fair, Oct 2019
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. 


  • ‘Sitting on the Steps’, a pastel painting from my People and Places series that has found a lovely new home. It was inspired by the low Winter sunshine one afternoon in Trafalgar Square outside the National Gallery. I love the quality of light we get on the beautiful architecture of London and can’t resist ‘people watching.’ Here I liked the way the tourists are having a rest, checking their phones, and chatting with their friends. Unison pastel on Colourfix primer. #londonarchitecture #londontourist #tourism #visitlondon #nationalgallery #trafalgarsquare #winterlight #purple #ochre #unisoncolour #artspectrum #colourfixprimer #pastelartist #southwestartist #artistindevon
  • Watched the sun going down on mid summers eve, sketching with freezing fingers but loving every minute. Feeling so lucky that I can experience this beautiful light in a beautiful place #gladtobealive #beautifullight #dartmoor #dartmoornationalpark #devon #midsummer #artistindevon #thegreatoutdoors
  • It is so important to sketch on location to get a feel for the energy of a place. Even though I took loads of photos when up on Sheeps Tor,Dartmoor,  yesterday, it’s my sketches that will really help me to create my pastel paintings in my studio.  What is it about the act of drawing and painting that makes us observe so much more?  Using my trusty New Pastel School small starter set of Unison pastels that I always take out with me in my rucksack.  #pleinairpainting #thegreatoutdoors #dartmoor #welovedartmoor #dartmoornationalpark #pastelpainting #unisoncolour #thenewpastelschool #outdoorpainting #outdoorsketching

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.