Fiona graduated with a BA (Hons) in Illustration and Moving Image design from the University of East London which lead to both Illustration commissions and a career in broad-casting. She trained at the BBC before moving to SKY television in London as a Graphic Designer and Art Director for several different television channels. It was her passion for drawing in particular however, that remained a constant feature in her life and a release from the pressures of deadlines and live broadcasting.
Fiona returned to her native North East in 2002 to take up a teaching post at Newcastle College, were she taught the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design for 13 years, specialising in Graphic Design and Drawing. Community art classes in Drawing and Pastel began in 2013, which Fiona now combines with her own Creative Practice, specialising in soft pastel work.
Her fascination with capturing or depicting movement remains a thread in her pastel work which is often a personal response to physical and emotional aspects of being outside in the landscape. Colour, structure, texture and light remain constant themes within a variety of subject matters in which weather, temperature and a sense of space often feature.
Fiona’s work has been exhibited at galleries and venues across the North East, Scotland, Yorkshire and Lancashire for the past few years and she now has her own range of limited edition giclee prints.Fiona has been working with pastel makers Unison Colour as one of their Associate Artists. Now a recognised pastel specialist, Fiona has a varied programme of Workshops and regular classes on the border of County Durham and Northumberland at Fine House Farm, where she is now Artist in Residence.
Fiona is running one course with us this year. Click here to see details on the calendar page