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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. 


  • There is just a week left to enter our Autumn inspired pastel competition to win a large starter set of our New Pastel School Unison pastels and a copy of my new book ‘Pastels for Absolute Beginners’.
We are thrilled to have teamed up with Unison Colour to run this competition.
I am also thrilled that The Artist magazine says my book 'Is one of the best and most comprehensive books on Pastel there has been for a long time - possibly ever'. All that we need you to do is to draw/paint a pictute with an autumnal theme, using pastels, post on your Instagram page & tag @unisoncolour & @rebeccademendonca.artist (ensure that you follow both pages!) Closing date for entries is 18th November. N.B The autumnal theme can cover all subjects and can even refer to just the colour palette used. Good luck! #pastel #autumn #autumnartwork #unisoncolour #artcompetition #paintingcompetition #drawingcompetition #autumncolours #landscapepainting #landscapeart #stilllife
  • We had a fascinating and inspiring evening yesterday at the preview of the  Doddiscombsleigh Art Show, meeting and listening to Lydia Corbett who was Picasso’s muse, (remember all of those paintings of a girl with a pony tail?), learning about the lovely primary school that benefits from this show, told by the pupils, meeting the other artists, and seeing such a range of wonderful work. 
It was all so exciting that I went and bought something which wasn’t in the plan at all! 
It is taking part in shows like this that makes me feel so lucky to live and work as an artist in Devon.
Many thanks to the amazing team Doddiscombsleigh Art Show who worked so hard to make it so wonderful. It is on today and Saturday 10 to 5, and Sunday 10 to 1 pm. #artindevon #artforsale #pastels #doddiscomsleigh_art_show_ #dartmoor #visitdevon #artshow
  • Exhibition time in Devon! My studio had now exploded into my entire house as I get ready for the Doddiscombsleigh Art Show this weekend, and also, I am excited to report, my book signing and exhibition at Dogberry and Finch bookshop in Okehampton next Tuesday with that exhibition continuing for the next 4 weeks.
Treats galore! There will be lots of wonderful art to see at the Doddis Show from artists all over the South West.
Dogberry and Finch is a newly opened independent bookshop and I can’t think of a better place to buy my Christmas presents.
More details of both events on my website https://rebeccademendonca.co.uk/ and more detailed posts to follow during the week! Please come and say hello! #southwestartists #doddiscombsleighartshow #artshow #bookshops #pastels #unisoncolour #dogberryandfinch #dartmoor #welovedartmoor #rocks

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.