Jaana Fowler PS


Artist's Statement and Method of Working:

I remember happily using oil pastels as a child (they were better than those insipid wax crayons that were then marketed as suitable for children). There is a physicality about them, you can build up a proper layer of quite intense colour, and the whites can be used for covering and correcting too.
Over the years when I thought I wanted to be a painter I tried various paint techniques, but realised eventually that it wasn’t for me really. Collage and printing using stencils were the intermediate step towards sculpture which turned out to be my ‘language’.
Many ideas for my sculptures stem from visual observations of compositions in paintings-not specific ones, but dipping into the art archive in my mind from years of wondering around museums and art galleries.
I have carried on making two dimensional work as well as sculpture. Collage has always been part of my work but I was dissatisfied with the lack of textural interest and decided to start pushing the work further with the addition of pastel marks. These grew into a much richer texture and now the collage takes a role only as the base onto which to build the picture.
And recently I have started to have ideas and tentative experiments of using pastels and pencil marks on three dimensional works. It might work...

My pastel on collage compositions are built up through stages after the initial arrangement of the elements where the shape and the subject matter begins to emerge. I may cut up the image again and rearrange things until the design appears to gel .Then I go over with a pencil and find the main directions and blocks that direct the eye, and on top of that comes the colour and texture applied with soft oil pastels. More drawing follows and yet more pastel application, sometimes to block in something that looks too busy, or unify an area with close colour combinations, modifying the flow and rhythm of the composition.
The subject matter of still life endures in my work fed by looking at paintings and sculptures from antiquity to the present day where the domestic and the everyday things appear in various arrangements, not forgetting the observations of my own home paraphernalia and clutter.
I aim to find the visual interest there and attempt to assemble a visually coherent image.

Biographical Details:

Born in Helsinki from where I came to London to study art in the seventies
BA Hons Sculpture from St Martin’s school of Art in 1979
Teaching art at a primary school for three years to 1983
Running Visual Literacy workshops on a Media Arts programme at Royal Holloway College LU for three years to 1999
Free lance model maker and assistant to Sir Anthony Caro from 1981 to 2012
Exhibiting work up and down the country from 1988

Society Memberships

The Pastel Society

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes

The Pastel Society Catalogue Award First Prize 2015

The Frank Herring Award : The Pastel Society 2014


2015-2016 group shows: Pastel Society Open, Discerning Eye, Society of Women Artists Open,Charlie Smith Anthology, Royal West Academy Bristol Open

2014-2015 group shows: Pastel Society Open, Royal West Academy Bristol, Threadneedle Prize Exhibition Mall Galleries

2013-2014 two artists: Peggy Jay Gallery Burgh House Hampstead

2012-2013 group shows: Open West Exhibition at National Trust’s Newark Park, Threadneedle Prize Exhibition Mall Galleries

2011-2012 group show: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

2010-2011 solo show: Artist of the Day Flowers Cork Street, group show; Small is Beautiful Flowers Cork Street

2009-2010 group shows: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Artspace at Barn Galleries, Ludlow Summer Show, three artists: Kingsgate Gallery

2008-2009 group shows: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Ludlow Summer Show

2007-2008 two artists: Koukan gallery London N10, group shows: Battersea Art Fair, Artspace at Barn Galleries

2006-07 group shows: Langham Fine Arts Annual show at Bury St Edmunds, Discerning Eye at Mall Galleries London,
Battersea Arts Fair and Henley Artspace at Barn Galleries

2005-06 four artists: Kingsgate Gallery London NW6,
Group shows: Battersea Arts Fair, Henley Artspace at Barn Galleries
and Henley Festival

2004-05 group shows: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Chelsea Arts Fair,
Artspace at Barn Galleries, 2step Arts: Hoxton Hall project Hackney

2003-04 group shows: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Battersea Arts Fair, Henley Festival , Artspace at Navestock Essex,

2002-03 group shows: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Chelsea Arts Fair, Artspace at Barn Galleries,

2001-02 two artists: National Trust Sutton House Hackney, 2step Arts: Candid Gallery Project London N1

2000-01 group shows: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Worcester Artspace with Barn galleries, Ruth Gorman Arts London NW3

1999-2000 group shows: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Covent Garden Festival with Heifer gallery, East West Gallery Christmas Exhibition London W11

1998-99 solo: Barbican Arts Centre Library and New End Gallery London NW3 , two artists: Heifer Gallery London N5
Group shows: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1997-98 solo: Burgh House Hampstead London NW3
group shows: Blackheath Gallery Spring Show London SE3 ,Business Design Centre Art Fair

1980-1997 Exhibitions in this period include:
Group shows with Centaur Gallery London N6 , Blackheath Gallery ,Woodlands Art Gallery London SE3 ,Beatrice Royal Gallery Eastleigh ,Piano Nobile Gallery Richmond upon Thames, Brighton Arts Index , Clode Gallery Bridgenorth
Solo at Lauderdale House London.

Private Collections:

Uppark House National Trust
Arnos Vale Cemetery Restoration Project
Leicestershire Education Department





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Sheila Goodman PS

Biographical Details:

Sheila studied Graphic at High Wycombe College of Art 1967-69 and has worked as a graphic designer/illustrator in London and Hampshire. She has painted all her life, being mainly self-taught, and started to use pastel in 1987.

She was elected a member of the Society of Women artists in 1995 and the Pastel Society in 2011. Sheila works in pastel, acrylic, mixed media and collage.

She has exhibited regularly at the Mall Galleries since 1989 showing work in the RSMA, NEAC and Pastel Society. Also in the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol and Royal Academy Summer show.

Her work is in the collections of Hunting Management Group, Hampshire County Council and the Russell-Cotes Museum, Bournemouth.

Artist’s Statement

After years of working with pastel, Sheila's approach has gradually changed and developed. In the last few years she has studied more abstract work as she tries to convey the essence of the landscape in simplified forms. She uses colour to express the atmosphere of my subject - sometimes using colour themes to enhance the mood.

Though she likes to initially work from the landscape to record shapes, colours and tones, she is interested in making a statement as succinctly as possible. So Sheila also likes to work from the studio to clarify her ideas with collage or further drawings.


Member – The Pastel Society.

Other Societies:

Society of Women Artists

Method of Working:

Sheila's paintings start from the observation of the landscape. She draws or paints sketches using pencil, charcoal or water based media. She works broadly and tries to simplify. In the studio Sheila usually draws some thumbnails to decide format and media. This may be followed by more drawings or collage to enable me to focus on shape or colour.

Sheila works on various pastel papers or mountboard and continues until most areas of the painting are resolved. A second look weeks later may lead to further adjustments.


Most Popular Painting - SWA 2008
Best in Show - St. Barbe Museum Lymington 2008
Unison Pastel Award - Pastel Society 2009

Other Exhibitions:

Russell-Cotes Museum, Bournemouth 2010
Autumn Exhibition, Gallery SCA, Shropshire 2010
Peter Hedley Gallery, Wareham 2009
Hackwood Arts Festival 2009
Alresford Gallery 2009


Limited Edition Print x6 - Dayfold
Non-Limited Edition - Rosentiels Prints x 4
'Leisure Painter' Magazine 2010
'The Artist' Magazine 1996
'Pastel Journal' 2010
'The Wessex Muse' Magazine 2009




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