About me

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see” ~ Edgar Degas

Alyson Sheldrake BA(Hons); PGCE

I am a self taught artist, currently painting a wide range of modern style landscapes, seascapes and familiar objects within my self-titled ‘New Wave’ Collection. I am also available for pet and house portraits and commissions.

I escaped the dreary grey British weather and set up my studio in the beautiful sunny Algarve in Portugal. Visitors are welcome to the studio by prior appointment, and may even enjoy a glass of chilled wine on the balcony overlooking the Monchique mountains. Just make sure that Dave is cooking if you are invited to stay for lunch!

I have an honours degree in sport, and I am also a qualified teacher. I have 'A' levels in Art and English Literature – which explains my passion for art and my love of writing and blogging – but perhaps not why I spent 13 years working as a Police Officer; before leaving the Force to work my way rapidly up the education advisory service to become a Director of Education for the Church of England.

Giving up an illustrious and successful career in education may have seemed a crazy thing to do – but the creative call of my paints and brushes became too loud and insistent a sound to ignore. I now spend my days either in my studio painting; or out with my husband and his camera, exploring the many beautiful and unspoilt beaches of the Algarve; or hidden ‘local’ villages that dot the Portuguese landscape.

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You can read my Artist Statement via this link Artist Statement

If you would like to know more about me then you might also enjoy reading my FAQs page

And my Customer Comments and Feedback on the Testimonials Page

You might also enjoy reading our blog about life here in the Algarve Algarve Blog

And please respect my Copyright - read my Copyright Notice

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