Fiona's Notebook

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Danielle de Niese Portrait Reveal

13th June 2017

Fiona has started a portrait of Danielle de Niese, the Australian-American lyric soprano. The first sitting was at Glyndebourne, an opera house in East Sussex just an hour away from London. We can reveal that this the second portrait for her new BBC Radio 4 programme 'A Portrait of...'

Anthony Thwaite OBE Portrait Reveal

30th May 2017

I'm excited to reveal a new portrait of Anthony Thwaite OBE, an English poet and writer. In addition to 15 volumes of his own poetry, he has been a publisher and literary editor of magazines such as The Listener and the New Statesman, and is an executor of the estate of Philip Larkin. He has an honorary D.Litt from the University of Hull, and was made an OBE in 1990. His is also an international outlook; he has lectured at universities worldwide, including Japan and Libya (where he spent his military service), and he is the co-editor of The Penguin Book of Japanese Verse.

To see the portrait, click the Gallery section.

Ed Watson portrait

17th May 2017

Just had a first sitting with Ed Watson for his new portrait, he's a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet in London. Now off to the Royal Albert Hall to watch a dress rehearsal of The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude. What a privilege!

Preview of the Spring Exhibition of the Folkestone Art Society

9th May 2017

Fiona is the President and Chair of the Folkestone Art Society. She will be attending the preview of the Spring Exhibition on Friday 12th May 2017, 6.30 p.m. at The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone. The guest speaker will be Damian Collins, the sitting MP for Folkestone and Hythe and the Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons. Damian has also served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and more recently, as PPS to the Foreign Secretary.

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About Fiona

Fiona is one of "Britain's foremost portrait painters" says the Daily Telegraph. She is one of just 50 painters selected from more than 80 countries for 2016 BR National Portrait Gallery Summer Exhibition.

She is also one of Britain's foremost landscape painters with her work covering idyllic river and wildlife scenes in Britain to edgy landscapes and individuals in Pakistan and the Taliban country along the Afghan borders.

Fiona is one of the most sought after teachers on Painting in Italy courses with followers coming from all over the world to be taught by her in Venice, Sicily, Florence, Saragano and Montefalco. And she now runs workshops for all levels of painters – beginners to stars – at her studio in East Sussex.