Get to know the award-winning Dorset based artist Felicity House.
Drawing is fundamental to my work. Instinctively searching for lines and shapes that interest me most I make drawings and paintings directly from the subject with a fresh eye and lively hand. I enjoy the challenge of working to the inevitable boundary of time. Editing intuitively and responding with spontaneous expressive marks to create a vital equivalent.
I work primarily in pastel which links colour with drawing and is immediate, fresh and vibrant. Subject matter frequently dictates the medium – I may draw in ink or use watercolours, pastels or oil paints.
I am inspired by travel and new places but equally respond to domestic subject matter; intriguing arrangements and complex interiors are a fascination and of course the ultimate challenge of figures and portraits.
Studio works are developed from my collection of sketchbook drawings or studies made en plein air, evoking the essence of a subject by exploring mark, pigment and support.
I have always drawn
As a young child, paper was in short supply and there was never sufficient for my prolific graphite output. I clearly recall making pencil drawings on the insides of unfolded food cartons, the plain end papers of books and surreptitiously behind curtains on the wonderful surface of painted wall.
I was fortunate to benefit from a post-war education that gave time and status to Art and this encouraged and developed my visual skills. Creating art has always been important to me and I enrolled on various short courses with artists I admired learning piecemeal.
Following a career school teaching I worked as an illustrator and as a tutor of life drawing at the Arts University Bournemouth and tutoring short courses at West Dean College. I now work in my Bournemouth studio in Dorset primarily using soft chalk pastels . I frequently draw on location and paint with watercolours pastels and oils.
In recent years my work has been selected for various exhibitions including:
- The Royal Society of Portrait Painters
- The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
- The Royal West of England Academy Annual Exhibition
- The Discerning Eye
- New English Art Club
- The Pastel Society
- The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour
- RWS Contemporary Watercolour
I regularly have work in these Galleries:
I have received these Awards for work in Pastel Society Exhibitions:
- Purcell Paper Award
- Daler Rowney Pastels Award
- Sarah Samuels Gallery Award
- Talens Rembrandt Pastels Award
- Gilders Workshop Framing Award
- Annie Longley Award
- Frank Herring Award
- Cross Gate Gallery Purchase Award
- The Arts Club Award
- The Bill Patterson Memorial Prize
- The Artists Magazine Award
- 2005 Discerning Eye, The Meynell Fenton Award
- 2007 New English Art Club, St Cuthberts Mill Award
- The Pastel Society
- Bournemouth Arts Club
- Poole Printmakers
- ‘Extraordinary Sketchbooks’ by Jane Stobart
- 'Drawing 365' by Katherine Tyrrell, Apple Press
- 'Drawing & Painting on Location' by Kevin Scully, Crowood Press
May 2009 The Artist magazine Figures in Pastel
October 2009 The Pastel Journal (USA) Infinite Variety
December 2009 Watercolour Artist (USA) Bon Voyage: travel with watercolours
March 2010 The Artist magazine Pastel Still Life
June 2012 Leisure Painter Complicated Subjects
November 2012 The Artist magazine Painting with Pastels in India
May 2013 The Artist magazine Pastel Surfaces
July 2013 Artists & Illustrators Masterclass: Interiors in pastel
July 2014 Artists & Illustrators Summer Picnic in Pastels
July 2018 Artists & Illustrators About the House (Felicity House talks about her garden scenes)
Nov 2019 Artists & Illustrators Talking Technique