Award-winning Pastel Artist

Fiona is a professional pastel artist based in Shotley Bridge, on the border of County Durham and Northumberland. She is an Associate Artist of Northumbrian based Unison Colour, makers of the high quality pastels that Fiona uses for creating her artwork.

Fiona became a Member of the prestigious Pastel Guild of Europe, which recognises progression and achievement in the field in 2019. She exhibits regularly both locally and nationally, as well as teaching workshops in both pastel and drawing.

In February 2020, Fiona was awarded the Royal Talens / Rembrandt Award at the 121st Pastel Society Exhibition in London, for her painting ‘Fire of the Deep’ (below). This prestigious award was significant recognition for her work and standing as an emerging artist.

Almost a year in the making, ‘Deeper Waters’ is a collection of seascapes and waterfalls depicting the landscape and coastline of Northumberland as well as work inspired by journeys to both Canada and the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. Location is not the primary focus of these pieces however. It is the movement of water in all its guises which reflect a mood or an emotional state – be that joyous, powerful or sublime.

“My fascination in depicting movement is embedded in my background as a moving image designer but more recently this has evolved into more personal expressions of emotional states, against a backdrop of global pandemic and political upheaval. Whilst some pieces appear beautifully calm and tranquil, others rage and boil. There is power, turmoil, beauty and hope reflected in moments of movement and light. It is this constant change of physical and mental state that keeps me returning to capture water.”

Fiona Carvell’s ‘Deeper Waters’ exhibition is on display in Gallery Forty5’s ground floor exhibition space until November 6th 2020.