Here you will find the latest news from Tamsin Dearing Fine Art, including exhibitions, events, drawing demonstrations and more.


Dalat Girl Wins the Public Vote

Dalat Girl coloured pencil portrait Faber Castell Polychromos copyright Tamsin Dearing 2017

During the St.Austell Society of Artists' summer exhibition in St.Mawes, visitors were invited to cast their vote for their favourite artist of the show, and their favourite artwork. Many congratulations go to Amanda Rae Thompson who was the winner of the title 'Favourite Artist' and my thanks are extended to all who chose to vote for my picture as their favourite artwork of the show, Dalat Girl.

Dalat Girl is a coloured pencil drawing, taken from a wonderful source image by Réhahn Photography. This image of the artwork shows all of the colours that were used to create it, using my favourite coloured pencils, the Polychromos range by Faber-Castell.



St.Mawes Exhibition and Craft Fairs

SASA exhibition St.Mawes 2017St. Mawes ArtCraftProduce Flyer copy

St.Mawes on Cornwall's Roseland Peninsula is playing host to two events this season which I am pleased to be a part of. The first is St.Austell Society of Artists' annual exhibition, and the second is a new Craft Fair featuring a variety of local producers, artists and makers. Each offer visitors a great opportunity to sample the delights of skilled craftmanship and to take a little of Cornwall's creativity home with them. If you would like to meet me and watch as I work on my latest pencil portrait, I will be at the craft fair on the 26th July and the 9th August.



Promas Support Carers through Creativity

Promas Pencil This In carer's drawing





Are you looking after someone who is experiencing mental health issues?

‘Pencil This In' is free training delivered by Promas CIC and myself, designed especially for unpaid carers in Cornwall.

The next Pencil This In course is running in Liskeard on the 14th and 15th June.

For further information about the amazing work that Promas CIC do, and to learn more about and book your place on this course, visit








Fowey Art Trail Fun

Fowey Art Trail 2017 Tamsin Dearing Taurus Gallery


Fowey Art Trail was a great success and a lot of fun, with visits from international art enthusiasts, local residents and attendees of the Fowey Festival of Ats and Literature. Here you can see us four exhibitors at Taurus Gallery - from left to right, Karen D Needham, Denise Parry, Maureen Bull and myself.

We would like to thank all who supported our show and all the amazing volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that the art trail was the best it could be for artists and visitors alike.




Fowey Art Trail 2017

Fowey Art Trail 2017 A4 Poster

It is all hands on deck here at Art HQ as final preparations are made for this year's Fowey Art Trail, part of the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature. Last year I collaborated with three fellow fine artists, Maureen Bull of Taurus Gallery, Karen D Needham and Denise Parry, and am delighted that we four are once again exhibiting together.

I am very happy to have my pencil drawing A Thirst for Life featured on the publicity material for the art trail, and hope to meet many people and share my love of the humble pencil. With fine art portraiture on show, and daily drawing demonstrations, it is an ideal opportunity to watch artists at work, get answers to any arty questions you may have, and even be inspired to pick up a pencil and unleash your creative potential also.

At last year's Art Trail we welcomed visitors from all over Cornwall and the world, with many visiting the historic town of Fowey for the annual festival. My art found new homes in Canada and Belgium as well as closer to home, and I hope to see both familiar faces and make new friends too throughout the eight days.

I will be working on a new drawing throughout the exhibition, so come and see us at venue no.1 - Taurus Gallery in Gallants Drive, between Readymoney and Main car park.

All the information you need including a downloadable art trail map can be found at




Chewing it Over has sold!

Chewing it Over pastel Copyright T.Dearing 2016


This pastel painting has captured the imagination of a great many people, with greetings cards featuring my favourite giraffe being bought and sent all over the world.

That hairy chin and those big soulful eyes are irresistable, and thanks to its charm, Chewing it Over has now sold so the original artwork is with it's new owner here in Cornwall.

For those of you who want a bit of this giraffe's loveliness in your life, limited edition giclee prints as well as greetings cards featuring the image are available to purchase.







Fine Art at Cornwall Vegan Festival

Cornwall Vegan Festival 2017 2Cornwall Vegan Festival 2017 1On Saturday 22nd April, from 11am - 5pm, the fifth annual Cornwall Vegan Festival will be held at Mount Pleasant Eco Park in Porthtowan. I am very much looking forward to being there and sharing my artwork.

The festival is a celebration of the many benefits of veganism, and a great opportunity to learn more about how we can each benefit our environment and improve our health whilst eating well and making small and simple lifestyle changes. A family (and dog!) friendly day, with the most delicious food, local traders, talks, art, demonstrations and fun and friendship. All set in the gorgeous grounds of Mount Pleasant Eco Park and right by Cornwall's dramatic North Coast.

As a plant-fuelled artist, I am passionate about low impact living, eating well for myself and the planet, and of course the natural world which inspires my drawings.

At the festival you will find me on stall 27, where I will be creating an animal artwork so you can watch me work and ask any questions you may have. For more information about everything that is happening on the day, visit the Cornwall Vegan Festival website:


The Cornish Vegan Artwork

The Cornish Vegan Tamsin Dearing Paul B Nash 2 2017

The Cornish Vegan Tamsin Dearing Paul B Nash 1 2017

There is a delightfully delicious cafe in Truro, Cornwall's capital city, called The Cornish Vegan, where a selection of my prints and cards have found a happy home.

As a plant fuelled artist myself, and one who loves to eat well for both myself and the environment, it is great to be able to sell my animal artwork in this gorgeous space.

These amazing photographs were taken by the very kind and very talented, award winning Truro based photographer Paul B Nash, for which I am very grateful. Paul's passion for photography covers a range of genres including land and seascapes, animal and people portraiture and street scenes, all of which you can enjoy on his website


In due course, I will be hanging more of my artwork in The Cornish Vegan, so will share the news with you here once that is up. For now, you can enjoy fabulous food in a relaxed and comfortable environment, and perhaps even surprise yourself with just how well us vegans eat! Get a taste of the delicious offerings and their upcoming events on The Cornish Vegan website


Paint Magazine Front Cover Artist

Tamsin Dearing SAA PAINT Magazine Front Cover Artist March 2017

Tamsin Dearing SAA PAINT Magazine Front Cover Artist Article March 2017





The March 2017 edition of the SAA - Society for all Artists' PAINT magazine features my pastel painting Chewing it Over on the front cover. Plus pages three and four are an interview with myself all about the creative process. I am delighted to know that Chewing it Over will be gracing coffee tables all over the UK and overseas, and hope that my artwork will encourage others to do what they love, and perhaps even reach for a pencil or some pastels for their next creation.

I find that pencil is often overlooked as a medium, in favour of painting and other approaches, so I am always keen to show what can be achieved with this most humble of tools. And many are surprised, as I was when I first started working with pastels, at the amount of detail you can achieve with them. The potential for precision with both mediums is enormous, and for those who enjoy working in this way, I hope my love of detail will be of interest and even inspiration.


A Thirst for Life - Pencil Portrait

Tamsin Dearing A Thirst for Life Copyright 2016



Since I first discovered the work of French photographer Réhahn, I have been captivated by his portraiture. A Thirst for Life is drawn with Réhahn's kind permission, from his photograph Water is Life, taken in Hoi An, Vietnam.

I have always been fascinated by faces and hands, and most of all those which have aged and tell their own stories. The simplicity of the act and the complexity of this woman's skin combine to make an inspiring image which I fell in love with as soon as I saw it.

This drawing is A4 size, and was a massive undertaking due to the level of detail involved. As it was drawn for my own pleasure and so not to a deadline, I fitted it in around other commitments and so just spent a few hours here and there working on it when I could. It often accompanied me to exhibitions and events where I could sit with my drawing board and demonstrate pencil portraiture to visitors, and it is an excellent example of the versatility and potential of the humble pencil.

You can see many more incredible images from Réhahn's travels on his website