Our Team

PopUp Painting events are led by local artists who are experts not just in their trade, but in entertainment and organisational development. In addition, they are supported by a team with expertise in management, innovation and training. PopUp Painting’s team includes:


Phyllissa Shelton, Founder and Managing Director- Not an artist or art enthusiast by background, Phyllissa’s career is rooted in health service innovation and change management.

Gareth Lewis, Co-Founder and Director of Marketing. Not an artist by background, Gareth holds a Masters in Political Economy of Europe, and wrote his dissertation on Populism and Social Democracy.

Iain Baker, Finance Director – Iain’s career is built on an engineering background with aerospace project management experience, which developed into business transformation and process change & optimisation – so nothing to do with art!

Chris Brophy, Non Exec Director – Chris is a commercial lawyer with a particular interest in solving problems for the third sector and the public sector. He worked at the Law Firm Capsticks, which is a specialist healthcare law firm, where he spent 24 years specialising in social business and working with charities and public sector organisations. He joins the PopUp Painting team to play a key role supporting our board.


Majella Dowdican, Artist – Majella manipulates the material qualities of objects so that they can represent ideas. From there they are installed in exhibition places so that they can take on a new dimension with audience engagment. In addition, Majella provides marketing support to PopUp Painting. You can view her website here.


Wyland Tondelier, Artist & Ops Lead – Wyland uses a range of mediums for his art – sketches, paintings, and even T-Shirt design! Wyland’s T-Shirts are designed with scissors – take a look here! He’s also a speed painter – doing live shows where he either cuts a shirt or paints a canvas with an audience!

George Dunkerton,
Ops Lead – George has an art degree and a history of tea blending, with experience running a variety of tasting events in London. He is now working with a number of charities assisting on creative workshops for children & also organising artistic outlets for refugees. He believes in creativity being good for the mind, and a good cuppa (or glass of wine) doesn’t hurt either!

Annie Dalton, Artist & Marketing Manager – Annie loves to create art with all sorts of mediums from pencils to spray paint, though Watercolour is her favourite. Her work predominantly depicts animal related imagery interpreted with a healthy dose of subversive humour. See her work here.


Miguel Galue, Artist- Miguel was born in Venezuela and now lives in London. His main outputs are sketches and portraits. His artistic interests are in depicting people and places. We first discovered Miguel at one of our Corporate Events! You can see more of Miguel’s work here, Miguel Likes to Draw.

Anna Tveritinova, Artist & Marketing Support – Anna enjoys experimenting with different media on paper, wood and canvas to explore mood, ambiguity and potential narratives in ordinary places and situations. Her works begin with observation of the everyday and are later developed using memory, self reflection and personal experience. See her work here.

Lewis Campbell, Artist – Lewis has developed his style as an illustrator and fine artist, becoming an expert in a variety of media – from pen and ink drawings to large paintedHe has created a strong visual world that depicts dark details and intricate landscapes in his paintings and drawings.


Rebecca Hunter, Marketing Support – Rebecca was one of the first to join PopUp Painting back in 2003! Rebecca’s paintings are a combination of reality and imagination, giving her work a surreal and dream-like quality. She currently runs SoLo Craft Fair.

Laura Macdonald, Supplies Support- Laura works mostly with acrylics on canvas painting still life and landscapes. She enjoys experimenting with different mediums from oil pastels, biro and watercolour, to sketching freehand on a sewing machine! She is also a self-taught face-painter.

Surya de Wit, Artist – Wit is best known for her portraiture in which she incorporates a variety of unconventional materials with an aim to create a sense of tangibility to the audience. Her work is characterized by her vibrant melody of colours and materials that are used cohesively to create the atmosphere and portrait that she wants to depict. See her work here

Lawrence Crane,
Artist – Lawrence is an Artist and Scenic Artist based in London. He uses a combination of traditional and contemporary methods working from both life and photography to find a story behind the subject he works from. See his artwork here.

Rosie Hill,
Artist & Ops Lead – Rosie trained at Loughborough University as a sculptor, working predominantly with large scale multi Media sculptures and installations. She now runs her own Henna Tattoo and Wellbeing Events business,  you can see her work here

Alexandra Unger,
Artist & Ops Lead – Alexandra is a children’s book illustrator and portraitist working mostly with watercolours. She is Swedish but was raised in Italy and has been living in London since 2003. You can view her work on here.

Katie Sturges,
Artist – Katie is classically trained in Florence and London, she works in oils with a focus on portraiture. Katie, also host art retreats abroad, various weeks throughout the year. Find out more here and here

Jess Cheetham, Artist – Jess is a North London mixed media artist who specialises in body painting for performance, transforming the body into ‘living art’ and becoming something the audience can interact with. Also, an abstract intuitive painter, acrylic on canvas; the relationship between music, performance and art is at the core of her process.

Sara Twomey, Artist – Sara is a self taught painter. After completing a Degree in Fine Art she taught in East London Uni and Colleges teaching Art in the Pupil Referral Units for kids with challenging behaviour. She also worked at Science Ltd as an artist-fabricator and was the studio assistant manager to the artist Damien Hirst. These experiences helped her greatly in developing her own practice as an artist!

Renata Fernandez Zarauza,
Artist & Ops Lead – Painting, drawing, sculpture and installation are Fernandez main means of artistic expressions. Fernandez has experience as an art tutor in different media and at all levels. For her, to afford others the opportunity of making, whatever brief or small, it’s very crucial for general well-being. In that sense, Fernandez it’s very happy to be part of the PopUp Painting team.  See her work here

Benedetta Fittipaldi, Artist and Ops Lead – Benedetta is an Expressionist Painter and 2D Animator Director originally from Italy based in London. Moved by her fascination for colour compositions and Storytelling. She creates works both abstract and figurative of vibrant, saturated hues, using a mix of media including acrylics, charcoal, spray, and oil pastels on canvas and paper. See her work here

Hollie Slaughter, Artist & Ops Lead – Hollie is an artist and art teacher based in London. She first worked for PopUp Painting in 2014 and left London for a few years but has since returned to join the team again! She is passionate about inspiring the young, old (and everyone in between) to make art and believes everyone is an artist! Hollie considers herself a painter but also dabbles in printmaking, drawing, collage, and sculpture.

Sue Guthrie, Operational lead – Sue became an artist through a lack of imagination – she couldn’t see herself doing anything else! She creates work to commission for commercial and healthcare settings. She works mostly with acrylics and also enjoys running workshops and sharing her enthusiasm with the next generation.

Rob Conway, Artist – As an illustrator, Rob has produced work for national magazines, as well as design for costume, theater and books. In recent years work has moved into art education, working with a number of art galleries and schools both nationwide and internationally in the hope of creating the next generation of artists.

Emily Ferrari, Operational helper –  I’m not a professional artist but enjoy being creative. I love to act, read and go swimming in my spare time.

Lynsey Reilly, Artist – Lynsey studied Fine Art at university and continued to gain painting skills while working as a Scenic Artist for many years. She is now a Mural Artist and also paints bespoke artwork for weddings and events. You might have also seen her work across the UK on public art trails. See her work here.

Stephen Rogers,
Artist – Stephen has a wealth of experience, and an accomplished painter. Stephen works mainly to commission and has paintings held in collections around the world. He is an experienced tutor at all levels of ability.

Jalieka Campbell
, Path Manager – Jalieka is an Artist, her primary mediums being acrylic and oil paint. Her artworks are, often inspired by her own experiences, and aim to inspire joy, spirituality & reflectivity. You can see her work here. With a degree in Fashion Design & specialized skills in events that center fashion and the arts, she’s produced & co-organized events worldwide.

Debbie Lord, Artist & Event Manager – Debbie is a successful surface pattern print designer. She designs bespoke patterns for bedding and fabrics. In her spare time, she loves being outdoors walking and enjoys upcycling projects for her garden.

Michelle Shore, Artist – Michelle loves drawing and fine line ink is her specialism, although she also works in other mediums like charcoal, pastel and paint. She gets her ideas from stories, songs, nature and animals, inspired by the Peak District where she lives. Find out more here.

Toubie Jack,
Artist –  A South African born mural artist who has lived in Manchester for the past nine years and has enjoyed making it her business to deliver art sessions to children. Toubie enjoys finding new ways for children to have fun with paint. Her emphasis being on exploration and experimentation. See Toubie’s work here

Laura Coyne,
Artist – Laura is an artist working with painting and ceramics, exploring portraiture and the female form. She studied for her degree in Leeds and is currently studying for her MA in Fine Art in Manchester.

Ruthe Clayden, Artist – Ruth is true Yorkshire lass. Trained in Manchester as a print-maker, but is now working in a children’s nursery and is Browine guide leader. She loves inspiring children though art and the great outdoors. She also has a small face painting business and enjoys making art that is thought provoking and has a message of change.

Emily Jayne Cant, Patch Manager – Emily’s art is inspired by the magic of the natural world. She creates vibrant and bright mural-style installations and paintings. The art pieces are designed to be beautiful and colourful, but with a wistful element that spreads a message about conservation. She uses a mixture of traditional oil paints and digital technology to create something special. Emily’s work has previously been commissioned by Chester Zoo, House of Hackney and Invisible Dust. See her work here.

Emily Carrington Freeman,
Artist – Emily is a practising artist specialising in drawing. Her research interests include image/text relationships and lines of all sizes. She is currently based in Oxford, where she completed her undergraduate and master’s studies in Fine Art (BFA) and the History of Art and Visual Culture (MSt).

Eloise Green, Artist – Artist and musician based in Liverpool. Eloise studied fine art and darkroom photography and has a BMus in music. Eloise is currently focusing on painting collages with portrait/figure photography and songwriting. Placing herself as the subject matter, Eloise’s work explores the passage of time in which she expresses her world and thoughts onto canvas and song.

Amy Melia, Artist & Patch Manager – With a background in Theatre, art, and Storytelling – Amy loves to be a part of projects and support others to figure out what their spark is! Amy has a love for food, socializing, and art, and focuses on the importance of play and experimenting through her art and work as a producer. She’s produced events and shows across the Northwest and continues to seek out new opportunities to better her community through art!

Gabby Gilmore, Artist – Gabby is an artist and creative producer based in Cambridge. She creates temporary installations responding to particular places, using anything from clay to gazebos. The ideas behind her work come from psychology, politics, and ritual, and projects often include workshops and performances. See her work here

Jenna M Asker, Artist & Patch Manager – Originally from California and an artist for a lot of reasons. She won her first visual arts competition at the age of 5, was placed in local and state competitions as a teen and as an adult has had works displayed both publicly and privately in North America, Europe and the U.k. Jenna’s work can be found here

Mhairi Cowan, Patch Manager – I am an event professional, dipping into the world of freelancing. I started my journey within the creative industry by organising music gigs around Scotland. Since then I have worked on the logistical planning of larger-scale projects and events, including food and music festivals. I love working collaboratively with other creatives to produce impactful and memorable experiences and put smiles on people’s faces.

Caitlin Page,  Operational Lead – While not an artist myself, I love being around the arts and have a fundamental relationship to creativity and a passion for making the arts accessible to the community. I have a history in PR and events management and alongside this work, run my own business as a wedding photographer.

Rachel Mills, Artist – Rachel Mills draws paints and sculpts. A fine artist and illustrator her work is whimsical and inspired by her internal world and nature. See all the things Mills does here