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About artist/tutor Tessa Pearson

It’s always lovely to be with like-minded people, and that was definitely the case during my recent visit to the art school in Olhao – http://www.artinthealgarve.com

Following on from yesterday, today’s blog features artist, Tessa Pearson.      Although familiar with one another’s work, and aware that we both tutored at Art in the Algarve – we had never met in person.

I immediately connected with Tessa, who had just given a one week course at the school.    I was surprised to find that up until recently, Tessa and her family lived very close to where I live in Hampton…..and that Tessa is Chair of The Fountain Gallery on Bridge Street in Hampton Court….small world.


Something else we have in common is our love of colour, which shows so beautifully in the vibrant watercolours and monoprints that Tessa is currently working on.

A rhythmic and vibrant example of Tessa’s work.


Tessa studied printed textile design at UCA Farnham and the Royal College of Art, where she won the Courtauld’s Prize and was commissioned by Liberty of London to produce a collection of silks.      As Tessa Lambrert, she opened her own print studio and gallery in London selling her distinctive hand painted silks around the world.

Since 2000, Tessa has focused on watercolour, mixed media and printmaking inspired by natural themes.


Three years ago, Tessa and her artist husband, Michael (they met at the Royal College of Art) moved to the Surrey Hills where Michael built two separate studios on their property…..and it is there that Tessa is now producing her beautiful work.

You can view Tessa making one of her woodblock mono prints on youtube –  A Guide to Woodblock Monoprints with Tessa Pearson        http://www.artplayer.tv/video/1221/a-guide-to-woodblock-monoprints-with-tessa-pearson

Tessa is actively involved with Contemporary Art & Ochre Print Studios, and exhibits widely at art fairs and galleries in the UK.

website at http://www.tessapearson.com

I plan to write another post about The Fountain Gallery, on Bridge Road, Hampton Court.     The Gallery is run by professional artists and features an exciting and diverse exhibition programme.

Tessa at work in her studio.     


A Bientôt

Overview of my recent trip to Olhoa, Porutgal – http://www.artinthealgarve.com

This is an overview of my recent trip to the art school in Olhoa, Portugal – http://www.artinthealgarve.com.     It was an extremely interesting time, emphasising once again how small our world is and how interconnected we are.

Those following my blog will know that, David Clark, founder of the school recently died, and so it was comforting to find the School filled with his spirit.     As Margarida said…’he is still here with us’.

Margarida, and David’s two daughters along with the rest of the team will continue to grow the school – so that David’s legacy lives on.

I took this picture of Margarida…looking down from one of the upper levels.   A beautiful Frida Kahlo look alike🙂


More exciting news is the arrival of Joanna’s twins – a beautiful little boy and girl.     Joanna will  be back working in the school at the start of next year’s art sessions…..

The two little angels in their pram outside the school…….


Joanna looking very well….and is clearly enjoying her new role as a Mother.


I will be featuring the inspirational artists and fellow tutors I met on this trip in separate blogs during the coming week. 

First, Tessa Pearson.     Tessa in her studio making one of her glorious prints. 


Although Tessa and I knew of one another’s work, this was the first time we met in person.   I had no idea that up until recently Tessa and her family lived just down the road from me, close to Hampton Court Palace.   She is also Chair of The Fountain Gallery, which is on Bridge Street, in Hampton Court.    A small world indeed.

Tessa’s husband Michael, another fascinating artist (they met at the Royal College) also joined us, contributing to much stimulating conversation.

Then artists Peter Griffen and Denise Lithgow arrived.     Two wonderful Australian artists.   Peter, a dynamic painter, and Denise an amazing Textile artist…..Again I will feature them in separate blogs.

I took this picture of Denise and Peter while waiting for the boat to beautiful Armona Island. 


More interconnections.      The day before I flew to Portugal, I received an e mail from Jude Flemming, saying that she was, (and this could be the title of a book:)  Marooned in Marocco……

Jude Flemming now safely back home in Australia…..


Jude was artist in residence at the Olhao school for the past six months – (I wrote a blog about jude and her new collages in July).

She took a side trip to Morocco thinking that she would be back in plenty of time for her last week at the school, however, her visa would not allow re-entry into Portugal!       Long story short, Jude stayed in my flat in London until her flight back to Oz….and was of course dearly missed…..The best laid plans of mice and men.

Jude is friends with Peter Griffen and Denise Lithgow and they all knew David.

Then one more lovely interconnection.   Before I left I suggested that Jude visit the Boathouse Studio in Hampton and meet up with artist, Kevin Chapman, originally from New Zealand….and wouldn’t you know they had friends in common…..and so it goes.

Tomorrow’s blog will feature Tessa Pearson.

A Bientôt

Returning home to UK/Europe.

I returned to the UK/Europe in the spring of 1993.    For the first six months, I lived with my cousin and family in Crickhowell, Wales – or as I call it The Magical Town of Crickadoon.

Set in the beautiful Usk Valley, where the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons meet, just twenty miles from Hereford and the  English boarder, it is indeed an area of outstanding natural beauty.

I made a home there for 12 years until I moved to London in 2005 – the place if my birth.

In this photograph, taken right after I moved to Wales, I am with my two cousins, Lynn and Mike.


After returning I contacted a relative, Care Weight, who was  a well known English artist and had been professor of painting at the Royal College of art.

In 1997, Carel died aged 89.     This image shows the programme given out at a wonderful tribute to his life, held at the Royal Academy, which I attended.     The painting is Carel’s tribute to Turner as he soars to heaven.

From 1973 until I returned to the UK in 1993′ I had painted under my married name, ‘Reed’.          Carel and I both agreed that it was time to paint using my maiden name,  ‘Weight’.     Hence my signature…Janet Weight Reed.


Once again proof of the interconnectedness of life.     Shortly after moving to London in 2005′ I gave my first workshop for The Fulham/Hammersmith Arts Society, also known as SOFAP.

This photograph was taken at that workshop when I was giving a portrait painting demonstration.

Ironically, it turned out that Carel Weight was one of the founders of the Association back in the fifties!


Tomorrow I am giving another workshop for the same group and then staying with a good friend, which means I will be back on line Monday 27th

Have a lovely weekend.

A bientot