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Strada painting challenge

Do you remember Sylvanian Family toys? Did you, your children or grandchildren play with them?

I took part in the Strada painting challenge (to paint from life, every day through January). 

To spread a little January cheer, I chose to paint a series of Sylvanian creatures, like the one pictured here.


I set up a new Instagram account especially @fromlifepainterchallenge where you can see timelapses and process pictures.

Newsletter subscribers have the first chance to purchase one, with 20% discount!


They make a quirky painting in a contemporary home, the perfect christening present or an affordable way to start an art collection.

 Cheer up your winter!

£544 for Alzheimer's Society


Following the success of my recent solo show "Time and Tide" I'm delighted to reveal that £544.38 has been donated to the Alzheimer's Society from giving 100% profits from card sales.

"Knit me a scarf, I said"




Living in Devon, England, it is easy to be inspired by the countryside, moors, coast and sky.

Painting outside on location "en plein air" when the light, weather and even the subject is changing is a challenge that I love, and one that helps to create paintings that I hope are atmospheric, authentic and evocative, whether outside, from life or in the studio.

 I often use Instagram (@pressinglifespausebutton) for working snapshots of my latest work so if you see something you're interested in that's not on my website yet please ask me about it here.

I enjoy giving others confidence to find their unique artistic voice outdoors so if you're a developing artist and you'd like to join me in a plein air workshop, or a weekend painting retreat here in Devon, or even want to arrange a  painting demonstration please click where underlined for more information. If you'd like a gift certificate for a plein air workshop please get in touch here 


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