I am a painter, that is who I am. I have painted all my life and continually studied, explored and enjoyed my learning processes on how I want to communicate visually to an audience. For me the effect of light on my subjects and the shadows created by a light source are in a sense equally important in creating the shapes, tone and composition required to make an enjoyable painting. I paint in all mediums but pastels’ spontaneous response and multitudes of hues and tones are so exciting especially when painting from life. I never cease to be amazed by the results. I don’t paint photographically but do believe in portraying and responding to what I see, simplifying and eliminating detail so as to make the viewer's eye work as well. My mark making is bold and confident yet shows a sensitivity to my subjects.


When I paint the adrenaline flows and energy transforms into my work. I cannot think of any better way to spend my time than painting. We are truly blessed as artists. My teaching has been a wonderful source of learning as I have learned so much from my students. I first played with pastels over 40 years ago but seriously concentrated on using them for the past 29 years. I have found the speed of using pastel so wonderful when working with a model on a weekly basis as I love the individual skin colours of each model and how the light affects that colour. Pastel is the perfect medium to work from life. I hope that my paintings lift the viewer's spirit when they look at them. 

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Let the Colour Sing - Vibrant, Colourful Portraits in loose style


Student Experience Level:

All Students

Penelope will show how she decides on the model image and how she plans and draws up a portrait. Looking at the structure of the human face using the shapes of shadow and light, Penelope will show one of her processes to completion of a dynamic portrait.

Plein Air - Simplifying the Seascape


Student Experience Level:
All students

What to eliminate and what to include when viewing so many superfluous elements - making a simple statement.

I shall demonstrate how I see the scene and which elements I shall include to create a pleasing seascape. I'll show certain tools which help us determine what is reliant for the design of the pastel. If time permits, students will then create their own imagery.

Landscape a Mood


Student Experience Level:

All Students

Penelope will demonstrate the processes of designing the image from beginning to completion - how to design, and place elements to engage the viewer and grab their attention. 

The demonstration will stress the importance of tonal value and colour with aerial perspective. 

Portrait Workshop - ADEPT (Artistic-Dynamic-Expressive-Portraiture-Techniques). 


The course will look at ways to describe a person with colour, tone and
energetic mark making.Underpainting with some complimentary and local
colours in watercolour or free flow acrylic on Art Spectrum white original-
paper then applying pastel once dry. We will look at big shapes of light and
shadow first then small amount of detail before completion.

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