I’m pretty darned excited to see that Richard Suckling will be on the faculty for the upcoming Pastel Live Online event! I’ve always appreciated the way he can get to the essence of a scene with bold colourful marks. There’s such an immediacy to his work! 

In a video with Eric Rhoads (see below), Richard shared that he thinks pastels are the perfect medium for those who like to draw and want to embrace colour. “You get the best of both worlds – you get the painting element and very much the drawing. It’s the one medium where you can combine the two practices together successfully.” Agreed!

After studying illustration at Cambridge School of Art, Richard Suckling went on to work in London as an Illustrator for a number of years. He then moved to the West of England and started painting in pastels. He moved further west to Cornwall where he now lives in the fishing village of Newlyn (famous for the Newlyn School of painters) and works pretty much exclusively in pastels. Richard teaches regular workshops and writes frequently on pastels for the UK‘s The Artist Magazine. He’s represented by Claremont Contemporary Art in Sevenoaks, Kent. You can find more of his work on Instagram.

Much of Richard’s work centres around his local environment. He portrays the land and sea with vigour and passion as you’ll see in some examples below.


Richard Suckling, "Sancreed Beacon," pastel, 20 x 20 in
Richard Suckling, “Sancreed Beacon,” pastel, 20 x 20 in


Richard Suckling, "Penzance Harbour Sunrise," pastel, 20 x 20 in.
Richard Suckling, “Penzance Harbour Sunrise,” pastel, 20 x 20 in.


The piece above was a practice run for the demo with Eric Rhoads. The piece below was a workshop demo.


Richard Suckling, "Summer Bed," pastel, 20 x 20 in.
Richard Suckling, “Summer Bed,” pastel, 20 x 20 in.


Richard Suckling, "Spanish Light," pastel, 20 x 20 in.
Richard Suckling, “Spanish Light,” pastel, 20 x 20 in.


Spanish Light was a studio work done from a couple of plein air sketches. Yes Gail, I have kept up with the plein air work!” To see what he means by this statement, have a read of this guest post he wrote.

Want to be wowed? Then take a look at Richard in action.



Screen Shot from YouTube video
Screen Shot from YouTube video


Are you inspired? Let us know in the comments! 



The American West with Bethany Fields


Another Pastel Live faculty member, Bethany Fields is another artist who’s inspired by her local environment. This time we go to Texas. Two of Bethany’s favourite locations are the beautiful Palo Duro Canyon near Canyon, Texas, and the high plains of the Texas Panhandle. Her love of the outdoors shows through clearly!


Bethany Fields, "Desert Rhapsody," pastel, 12 x 9 in
Bethany Fields, “Desert Rhapsody,” pastel, 12 x 9 in


Want to see eight more of Bethany’s fabulous landscapes? Then have a read here!

That’s it for this time,




  1. I am a visual arts teacher in RI. I thoroughly enjoy watching pastel tutorials by various artists. There is always knowledge I can bring to my students. I am always learning.

    • How lovely to hear from you Gloria! And yes, there is always more to learn isn’t there?


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