About the Artist
Tamsin is a self taught professional artist, who specialises in pencil and pastel portraiture.
With a lifelong love of art, and a fascination with the stories that every face tells, Tamsin prides herself on capturing the unique personality of each subject, with her beautifully realistic style.
The depth in her drawings is created by gradually applying layer upon layer of graphite, to perfectly capture the smoothness of skin or the complexity of hair. A similar technique is used with soft pastels, blending the colours on the page, creating a softness which the medium really lends itself to.
Tamsin regularly accepts invitations to visit art societies and groups to talk about her art. She can deliver a talk and mini workshop which will engage, inform and inspire members; revealing techniques to improve shading styles and sharing tips to help you see what is there and accurately capture that on paper.
Tamsin exhibits her work in Cornwall, where she lives, and her portraits hang in private collections internationally.
Before drawing and teaching full-time, Tamsin worked for many years in her local community. This included supporting older people, adults with learning disabilities, and for seven years working in mental health - specialising for part of this in working with families from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. This wealth of experience helps to inform her current practice and means she is highly skilled in effectively and inclusively working with people from a broad range of backgrounds.
Now her role as an art tutor offers a wide variety of opportunities, from private workshops and one to one tuition, to collaborations with a wide range of partner organisations. Alongside teaching fine art, Tamsin also delivers workshops for children and adults in a range of creative activities such as printing, sculpture and textile art.
Most months, Tamsin can be found at Grampound Produce Market, alongside Atson: Art Make Teach and many other local producers and traders. You can watch as a pencil drawing is created, ask any questions you may have, and even take a piece of art home with you from Tamsin's wide range of limited edition prints and greetings cards for sale.
The produce market is held on the last Saturday of the month from 10am - 1pm in Grampound Village Hall, in the recreation ground behind Grampound primary school. There is also an excellent independent community shop and cafe and beautiful walks, so this historic village is well worth a visit if you are in the Mid Cornwall area.
For more information, visit www.grampoundvillagehall.org.uk/marketsandevents
Tamsin is proud to be a Professional Associate member of the Society for all Artists, the SAA.
The SAA exists to support its members, whatever their artistic level and interests, and connects an international community of artists through a shared love of creativity. Membership of the SAA has many benefits, including a bi monthly Paint magazine packed with inspiring articles and members' artwork, discounted art materials through the SAA shop, many competitions and ways to get involved, professional artist demonstrations and tutorials and much more. www.saa.co.uk
Community Partnership Working
Atson: Art - Make - Teach
Tamsin regularly collaborates in her work with fellow artist and teacher Trevor Hawkins, of Atson: Art - Make - Teach
Trevor also has a wealth of experience in working with people and is a highly skilled artist who works across a broad range of disciplines. Their shared passion for the improvement of health through creativity, as well as their mutual love of all things art and laughter, combines to create a dynamic and inspiring partnership.
You can find out more about Trevor and his work on his website: www.atsonartmaketeach.com
Promas Caring for People CIC
Promas is a Community Interest Company which delivers training and development opportunities to carers, organisations and professionals from all sectors of the community. As a part of their work, Promas and Tamsin have collaborated to offer the Pencil This In two day training course for unpaid carers caring for someone experiencing mental ill health. This course enables carers to take time to learn or revisit drawing in a supportive environment, and explore the complexities of their caring role with highly experienced trainers Bernie DeLord and Jenny Tarvit.
Find out more about training, events and support for carers on their website www.promas.co.uk or call 01736 339226
Treverbyn Community Hall
The Hall is home to an amazing array of community events and services, with a cafe, library, regular groups, events and much more. Each Friday evening from 6 - 8pm there is an Art Group, with Tamsin and Trevor Hawkins leading fortnightly tutored sessions, with peer supported project work in between. There is a different skill featured each week, from drawing to bookbinding, and pyrography to needle felting.
Full details of Tamsin's teaching at The Hall will be listed on the Learn to Draw page in the Spring.
Centrally located between St.Austell and Bodmin, and with a dedicated team and local support, it is a valuable resource for the whole community as well as a fun and friendly place to be. The art club welcomes all from age 7 upwards, and offers a great way to learn new skills and explore your creative side in a relaxed environment.
For more information and to book, visit www.thehall.org.uk or call 01726 858657
With a particular interest in the connection between creativity and well-being, Tamsin works alongside Trevor to deliver bespoke creative sessions at Memory Cafes across Cornwall. The Memory Cafes are regular meetings for those living with and those caring for someone who experiences memory loss. They are a key part of the support for many families and individuals, and Tamsin and Trevor consider it to be a great privilege to be able to support their work and share their skills in a meaningful, and always laughter filled environment.
The Merlin MS Centre
For 18 months Tamsin and fellow professional artist Trevor Hawkins facilitated a weekly creative session at The Merlin MS Centre in Mid Cornwall as a part of the respite service. Each Friday afternoon we ran an arts based session, attended by those living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), their carers, and others from the local community. These workshops were always full of laughter and many friendships have been formed, and a wide variety of arts and crafts activities were offered. Sessions included fabric printing to painting, and clay sculpture to collaborative art projects.
For more information about the wide range of services that the Merlin MS Centre offer, visit www.merlinmscentre.org.uk or call 01726 885530
Tourettes Action South West
Tourettes Action is the leading support and research charity for people with Tourette Syndrome. Tamsin and Trevor Hawkins were invited to deliver art workshops for attendees of the Cornwall support group meetings as well as facilitating creative workshops for children at the South West Tourettes Action family fun day event in Exeter in 2016.
As a part of the iMaginE Creative Hubs which ran from 2015 - 2016, Tamsin was one of the team of professional artists commissioned to deliver creative activities within these community groups in Cornwall. Aimed at supporting those living with dementia, the hubs offered stimulating and accessible activities which were designed to build confidence, teach new skills, build on prior experiences and engage the clients in fun and interesting projects.