Contemporary landscape painter

Thorp Perrow to host my foraged earth paint making workshop - now open for bookings

Foraged Earth Paint Making & Painting workshop; Mon 22nd April - International Earth Day

Join Thorp Perrow Artist in Residence, Rebecca Styles, for a creative day of foraging for local earth pigments, paint making and painting in our beautiful Summer House and Arboretum.

With landscape firmly at the heart of her practice, Rebecca has developed a passion for sourcing and transforming found earth pigments into her working palette. Over time she has developed various ways of producing unique colours, and in this workshop she will share her enthusiasm for the art of painting landscapes with landscapes. From sourcing and collecting materials to creating paint using ancient and environmentally friendly techniques.

During your morning workshop Rebecca will demonstrate how different mediums can be added to locally sourced pigment to produce a palette of natural earth colours , giving you the knowledge to continue making your own paint in the medium of your choice.

You will learn the following techniques

• How and where to source your earth pigments • Grinding with a pestle and mortar

• Levigating and drying pigment

• mulling earths into paint

• Health and safety when working with earths

• storage and usage plus equipment lists and tips

After lunch Rebecca will guide the group through the arboretum in an ‘en plein air’ painting session, focusing on gaining an understanding of the visceral quality of paint as a primary medium. The time allotted for painting each view will be no more than ten minutes, keeping each session light and playful and alive to the potential of your materials and your freedom in using them.

Please bring with you your preferred outdoor painting kit and a sketchbook for our afternoon session. You may also wish to bring something with you to make notes during our morning.

For more info:

£55 pp, light lunch included

10am - 3pm

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A year at Thorp Perrow artist residency 2024

First residency blog is now published 


I am thrilled to become the first ever artist in residence at Thorp Perrow Arboretum , Bedale North Yorkshire . 

During my visits to Thorp Perrow this year I will be out and about with my paints making notes and sketches, and I very much hope that visitors will come and say hello if they see me, to chat about nature and learn more about its influence on my work. I feel honored to be given the chance to spend time exploring and painting these beautiful gardens, with their stunning trails and glades, important plant collections and champion trees. I will be busy all year in the park, and back at my studio I will be creating an arboretum collection of oil paintings for exhibition.”

As well as hunting for 'Perrow' pigments to add to my palette I'll also be hosting a series of public workshops and educational events that will continue throughout the whole of 2024. 

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Thrilled to be a shortlist winner of the Andrew Stewart Award 2023

108 Fine Art prize to be awarded for art that best represents the theme :- ‘Behind The Canvas’

‘Behind The Canvas’ reflects upon the relationship between material and the creator.

This year we will be honouring our inaugural Artists Award, in memory of our gallery co-founder Andrew Stewart. For 25 years the philosophy of the gallery is to support International artists throughout their career. The panel will include:

Bill Hare – Honorary Fellow & Emeritus of Edinburgh College of Art History of Art

Jane Winfrey – Picture Specialist for Bonhams

Kristian Day – Independent curator

Gillian Stewart – 108 Fine Art Gallery Director

Scarlett Stewart-Mason – 108 Fine Art Gallery Creative Director

India Stewart – 108 Fine Art Gallery Creative Director

Many thanks to 108 Fine Art for choosing to shortlist my project memoir series for this years award . 

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Solo exhibition - Two weeks at the Cape 26th August - 27th September Whitewater contemporary , Polzeath Cornwall

My Current Solo exhibition available to view online now 

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ALCHEMY now has it's own website

Visit the full exhibition website here

Exhibition Aug 20th - Sept 17th 2022 

This unique collaboration between artist Rebecca Styles and poet Heather Mackay Young brings “paint, poetry and place” together in the extraordinary location of Uig’s semi-derelict Baile na Cille Church on the Isle of Lewis. 

Rebecca Styles’ series of large-scale paintings have been created onsite at Baile na Cille Church over several weeks, in the company of Scottish poet Heather Mackay Young, whose writings respond to the immediate environment and artwork being created there. With the decaying beauty of the ancient church in mind, the generations that have worshiped there over the centuries, and the relentless and unforgiving seasonality of the Western Isles, the work of both these artists reflects the circularity of all things - of life, death and rebirth -