FELICITY HOUSE N.E.A.C., P.S.
Born in 1950, Felicity House was fortunate to benefit from a post-war education that gave time and status to art which developed her early visual skills. With paper in short supply Felicity remembers making pencil drawings on end papers of books and unfolded food cartons as a child. Felicity taught before working as an illustrator following which she was also a tutor of Life Drawing at the Arts University, Bournemouth. She has also tutored at West Dean College. She works primarily in pastel but also uses water colour, pen and ink and oil paint. Her studio works are developed from her sketchbook drawings or studies made ‘en plein' air. She says of the approach to her pictures ‘Drawing is fundamental to my work. Instinctively searching for lines and shapes that interest me most, I make drawings and paintings directly from the subject with a fresh eye and lively hand. I enjoy the challenge of working to the inevitable boundary of time. Editing intuitively and responding with spontaneous expressive marks to create a vital equivalent'. Elected a member of the Pastel Society in 2003 and the N.E.A.C. in 2023, Felicity regularly shows with the R.W.A. and The Discerning Eye. She was awarded the Daler Rowney prize in the 2015 Pastel Society Exhibition.