Rebecca de Mendonca


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MEDIUMS: Conte | Drawing | Pastel
SPECIALTY: ✔ Technique ✔ Marketing

Training in Theatre Design started my lifelong love of atmosphere, movement and drama.

Pastels are the perfect medium, allowing me to simultaneously combine drawing and painting; making marks with energy, fluidity and precision.

In all of my work, I am interested in conveying what it feels like to be there, not just what it looks like.

I want to connect with, and convey, the energy of my subjects.
I love to paint horses, and the people who work with them, as well as landscapes, animals, people and street scenes.

Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe


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Specialty: ✔ Technique ✔ Marketing



Color and Composition


Supplies and Tools


Teaching How To Self Critique


Technique Demos


Mark-Making Skills with Pastels


Studio Setup for Art Production


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Artwork by Michaela Hoppe

Rebecca was born near Wolverhampton in the UK into a creative family. Her mother was an artist and teacher, her father an architect, her brother a painter.

After a Foundation Course at Wolverhampton University, she gained a BA Hons in theatre design at Wimbledon School of Art. Her career has been colorful and varied to say the least. Rebecca has worked with some highly creative people, on some fascinating projects.

These include sculpting the famous ceiling in Harrods food hall and producing work for Warwick Castle Museum and Madame Tussauds.

Rebecca was design assistant to Kevin McCloud, and has worked with many of the top theatre designers including Tim Goodchild, Terry Parsons and the late Maria Bjornson. She has worked on West End shows including Aspects of Love, and Phantom of the Opera, specialising in paint finishes and has done post-production work for the BBC.

Rebecca has also illustrated 10 travel guides for Bradt Publications.

Rebecca’s theatre paintings include dancers and actors in West End shows, including Gavin Lee as Bert in Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre, and the cast of Peter Pan at the Savoy Theatre.

Her dance work has been inspired by the exciting and talented dancers at Laine Theatre Arts, Epsom, and the breath-taking performers of English National Ballet.

Rebecca focused full time on her painting and teaching nearly 30 years ago, and is renowned for her beautiful pastel work, full of energy, life and movement. Now living in Devon in the South West UK, Rebecca paints horses, people, landscapes and architecture, always seeking out the atmosphere and emotion in her subjects. 

She teaches pastel courses and workshops, both in-person and on zoom. Rebecca writes for Leisure Painter Magazine, the SAA, and has taught online for She and fellow pastel artist Nel Whatmore founded The New Pastel School in 2013, running courses in the UK and Italy.

Rebecca's book, ‘Pastels for the Absolute Beginner’ published by Search Press Publications is available globally.

Rebecca’s is an Associate member of the UK Society of Equestrian Artists, and was awarded 'Best works by an Associate Artist' in 2022.

She has exhibited with the Pastel Society at the Mall Galleries, and received 2 awards in 2023, for her piece 'Through the Haze'; The Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award, and the Visitors Choice Award.

She was shortlisted for the Artists and Illustrators, 'Artist of the Year Award' in 2017, 2018 and 2019, taking part in the exhibitions at the Mall Galleries in London each year.