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. 

Where to find Penelope...

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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.

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Plein Air

Landscape tell the story

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.

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Tell a Story
adding figures and or animals.

Student Experience Level:

Intermediate to Advanced

This course will cover how to create a story with planning the design, preparation of underpainting in watercolour and laying the pastels with focus on edges, tone, colour and harmony.

Focus is on big shapes, medium shapes and finally on small additions of detail.

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ADEPT Portrait Workshop (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 Clairfontaine white pastelmat 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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