Michele Ashby AIEA




Michele Ashby

Passionate about pastels


With a very successful career in Graphic Design, Michele has recently found the perfect work/life balance in a new career as an artist. Whether it is a portrait or landscape, she has always loved to draw, it’s just something she has always done, it is part of who she is.

She has a BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design and forged a successful career including running her own business for 25 years. More recently she started to use pastels, loving the vibrancy and immediacy of colour and was hooked from then.

As well as being juried into the Pastel Society of America’s Enduring Brilliance Exhibition NYC and winning the ‘Chartpak Inc. Mussini Award’ for distinctive accomplishment in pastel, she recently gained signature member status with the Pastel Society of America.

She has been selected/preselected by four London Art Societies; The Pastel Society, The Royal Society of Marine Artists, the Society of Women Artists as well as the Society of British Artists at the Mall Galleries, London. She also won Best in Show at the Institute of East Anglia Artists.

She has a penchant for contre-jour and chiaroscuro dramatic lighting effects. Her style is detailed with a passion for contemporary realism.

Group Exhibitions

2018 Russell Gallery Winter Exhibition, London

2018 Enduring Brilliance Pastel Society of America Exhibition, NYC

2018 Espacio Gallery HUMAN Exhibition, London

2018 Holly Bush Emerging Women Painter Prize Exhibition, London

2018 Wells Maltings Trust CONNECTIONS Exhibition, Norfolk

2018 The Artist Open Competition Exhibition, Northampton

2018 Russell Gallery Summer Exhibition, London

2017 The Gallery Picturecraft, Institute of East Anglian Artists Exhibition, Norfolk

Mall Galleries, London

2018 Society of Women Artists

2018 Royal Society of Marine Artists (SOLD)

2018 The Pastel Society (Preselected)

2017 Society of Women Artists Exhibition

2017 The Pastel Society

2017 Society of Women Artists

2017 Royal Society of Marine Artists (Sold)

2017 Royal Society of British Artists (Preselected)

Gallery Representation

Oaktree Gallery, Ingatestone,

Essex Aubrey Gallery, Great Dunmow, Essex

Collections Mall Galleries – Buy now



2018 Elected Provisional Member of the Institute of East Anglia artists

2018 September FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 ‘Chartpak Inc. Mussini Award’ Enduring Brilliance Pastel Society of America Exhibition NYC

Signature Member of The Pastel Society of America

2018 August FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 July FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 June Outstanding Pastel FASO Boldbrush

2018 June FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 May FASO Boldbrush Fav15%

2018 April FASO BoldbrushFav15%

2018 Unison Colour Associate Artist

2018 Pastel Guild of Europe Get Dusty – March

2018 Pastel Guild of Europe Get Dusty – April

2017 Institute of East Anglia artists (awarded best in show)


2018 Artists & Illustrators Magazine Summer Edition

2018 Pastel Guild of Europe Scribbler

2018 Essex Life May Edition

2018 Pastel Artists of New Zealand International artist feature



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