Melissa Wishart

Artist & Film-maker

"Light, atmosphere and a wonderful surface texture"

"A very exciting exhibition of light and drama. We shall enjoy living with such wonderful paintings"


12th & 13th September 2023

2 day workshop in Sidmouth at the East Devon Art Academy

The Landscape - Working towards Semi Abstraction

Oil & Acrylic

Using landscape references gleaned over the summer, we will delve deeper into the nature of landscapes by liberating ourselves from adhering to the strictly topographical to explore the meaning of landscape to us and the fundamental nature of our mediums. We will engage with the landscape in a way that will speak to our internal landscape and sense of well being.

Through a guided process we will build from the geology, the responses of all our senses at the landscape site,  the weather, the light and the human impact we perceive on the landscape past and present.

We will engage with the landscape.

Then, through a step by step guided process on day one we will establish compositions through different exercises and  determine the palette. Then we will get 'in the zone' and paint, allowing happy accidents, use of different tools and layering. 

We aim to do a couple of paintings over the two days and several drawing and painting exercises to build up skills useful in semi-abstraction.

Please press link below to find out more or to enrol via the Academy

£160 for 2 days.

Awarded Vera Skinner First Prize for 'Bananas, Costa Rica (April 2022)

Selected for Bath Society of Arts , Victoria Art Gallery, Bath 'Sea Loch, Mull'SOLD

Below are some paintings and stills of the amazing Art Residency I went on in Costa Rica in February at Mauser Eco House, Parrita.



To see works in the studio please drop me an email on contact page.

17th - 19th November 2023 West Barn , Bradford on Avon       Group Exhibition

See Shop on website for works for sale.

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Workshops & Painting holidays

Tutor for East Devon Art Academy 

12th & 13th September 2023.

The Landscape. Working towards Semi-Abstraction. (see above)    

Tutor for  Alpha Painting Holidays

7th - 11th July 2024  Brecon Beacons 

2nd - 9th Nov 2024 Cordoba Prov, Spain

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Demonstrations /Workshops for Art Societies and Groups

I have a rolling programme of these events and am happy to be contacted directly via my website 


Commissions in oil, charcoal or graphite.

Oil £425

Graphite/Charcoal £95

From sittings or a photo session with me or can be from supplied visual refs ie good photographs

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Also do garden commissions. Just have to choose your season...or maybe one for every season!

‘.... engaging, funny, knowledgeable and a great tutor.
(Testimonial from January 2020 workshop)

Summer 2021 update

Ongoing explorations

As artists we are always exploring different medium and methods of working. Summer 2021 saw an intensive period of collaborative work on the Big Brush Art project when we were given a large space as a pilot residency by Black Swan Arts for July and August.

Big Brush Art is a collaborative project with Sarah Ball using domestic sweeping brushes on large canvas on the floor. Call and response method of working.