Dramatic Sky in Chalk Pastel


During the Coronavirus lockdown I shall be making some art demonstration videos, plus short tutorials and art tips and tricks.
These will continue going forward covering a variety of mediums, styles and subjects.

Here's the link to the playlist on Youtube link text


Current & future events


  • 21st & 22nd September 2019, 10am - 4pm - Art exhibition at the Bluebell Barn, Bates Green, Arlington - venue 31 on the Hailsham Festival Trail of Art & Discovery
  • 22nd September, 11am - 4pm - Summer Trifle presents an Exhibition of Art, Craft and Sculpture plus open gardens at Pickhams, Wilmington. Venue 31 on the Hailsham Festival Trail of Art & Discovery.
  • 6th - 22nd Sept - work on show at the Festival Information Centre and Hart Reade offices in Hailsham.


  • 21st September, 2pm - Demonstration of Lino Cutting at the Bluebell Barn, Arlington (see above)
  • 22nd October - Winter Wrap, private House Concert and art show at Pickhams in Wilmington - please contact me for an invitation. 

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Commissions -  a beautiful & unique work of art

Animal portraiture

We all love our pets and probably have dozens of photos. I can work from a selection of photos to capture the personality of your pet in a unique work of art. A tribute, a memory, a legacy, an investment.
 Dogs, cats, horses, birds, fish, rabbits, cows and more – you name it, I can paint it! My most unusual animal requested was a Dodo for which I sketched the model at Horniman Museum and painted a family of Dodo’s.
Visit my website Pets by Josie for full details and examples. 


In 2015 I created a wrap around room mural, in a penthouse in Manhattan. I have since then painted a logo on the wall of a restaurant at Cuckmere haven and worked on the external wall at Pickhams using a combination of paint and mosaic. Please contact me if you are interested in commissioning a mural.

Other commissions

I am always pleased when someone wants to discuss a bespoke artwork project as I really enjoy a challenge.  My most challenging commissions to date have been a portrait of a Harley Davidson motorbike and a landscape with a tractor and herd of cows where the branded number on the rump of one cow was clearly visible. If you are interested in design or illustration, please visit my work website Hailsham Creative

Art Lessson

Tutoring and Classes


I run occasional private classes and workshops. Please join my mailing list for updates or visit my BLOG page.
I also offer for one-to-one tutoring for individuals and for small groups. Prices start at £20 per hour per person and I can tutor in your own home or at Pickhams in the conservatory or garden. Additional costs would be travel expenses and materials if necessary.
If you find difficulty working in group situations, are unable to travel or simply need to build up your confidence before joining a class, please get in touch to discuss how I could help you with your art.

Cat in pastel demonstration

Art Holidays

Magpie Cottage, East Sussex

Book a stay at Magpie Cottage in Wilmington, East Sussex and enjoy personal art tuition.  Art sessions can be in the garage studio, in the cottage gardens or the wonderful gardens of Pickhams next door, or you can choose to go for day-trips for plein air painting session in the local countryside.  

Magpie Cottage (the artist's cottage) is a self-catering bungalow with its own charming walled garden and can accommodate up to 6 people in 2 double bedrooms and an optional double sofa bed in the living room. The property is decorated throughout with my artwork and the walls of the garden have murals by local artists, including some of my mosaic work.

The art tuition can be for just one member of the party staying in the cottage, or for all of you - I am happy to teach all ages and abilities and can adapt the lessons to suit all. You can chose anything from a half day's tuition to 5 whole days covering a variety of mediums, subjects and styles.
All materials and equipment can be supplied so you don't need to bring anything with you on holiday, just your holiday outfits and toiletries!

Prices for the tuition will depend on the number in the group and the materials required but will start at £65 for a half day.
The cottage is bookable through Airbnb with prices starting at £95 per night for 2 for the accommodation. See full details of the cottage on - but do check my availability first before booking the accommodation. 

Cat in pastel demonstration

Workshops and Demonstrations

For art groups and societies

I am available to do Art Demonstrations and Workshops covering a variety of media and styles. Subjects include animals, particularly fish and birds, pets, seascapes, waterfalls, the human figure, still life with a difference, abstracts, The Versatility of Acrylics, mixed media and collage and simple printing techniques. If there is another subject or medium that interests you, please ask me!

Hourly rate: £50
Living in Wilmington, near Eastbourne in East Sussex, I am willing to travel up to 100 miles. The hourly rate of £50 includes travel costs for distances less than 10 miles.
For bookings further afield I charge travel :
10 – 20 miles: add £10
20 – 40 miles: add £15
40 – 60 miles : add £25
60 – 80 miles : add £35
80 – 100 miles: add £45
Over 100 miles – please contact me to discuss possible accommodation for evening demonstration
(Prices valid 01/09/2019)

Oil pastel workshop