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 favorite. 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.


Elizabeth Kennedy, Artist & Events manger/ Operational Lead – Lizzie’s work mainly focuses on her visual arts practice, working in acrylics, oils, watercolours and photography.  She also works on cross media projects and collaborations between different art forms to create art that is accessible to a diverse range of people.

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.

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.

Laura Macdonald, Artist & Marketing 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.

Tom Crooke, Digital marketing – Tom is a London based videographer, editor and founder of Bobbin Productions. Tom has worked across the UK, Europe and USA producing commercial video and photography content for online magazines, arts companies, charities, YouTube channels, SMEs and some of the world’s biggest companies. Tom’s perfect evening would be, conveniently, one spent with friends and a nice glass of red!

Charlotte Ellinas, Artist – Charlotte has been drawing and painting her entire life. She mostly creates portraits of her favourite public figures using a variety of different media. She brings a strong sense of lively fun to her work.

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

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.

Jarelle Andre Francis,
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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.

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

Anastasia Russa,
Artist – Born in Moscow, based in London. Anastasia studied Monumental painting in Moscow & Fine Art in University of the Arts London. She participates in different solo and group exhibitions in both countries, and is the winner of the Portobello Wall Art Project London 2018. Find more here

Alexandra Chernaya, Ops Lead & Artist – Alex is an artist and curator. She makes up half of the artist collective Fertile Grounds. She specialises in research, art events, installation work (video, sculpture, writing) and performance. She delves into topics usually left to specialist research and science. She believes that art teaches people to see anew and helps humans better attune, adapt and move through the world. Find more information here.

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

Dan Rymer Trenholme,
Artist & Ops Lead – Dan uses a wide range of mediums within his art. Starting off using paint, crayon & charcoal, to progressing his techniques pen, ink & collage. He currently uses digital mediums to create his pieces. Dan studied architecture at university, is passionate about all mediums of art and design and has also been a musician all his life.

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

Lauren Blackburne-Tinker, Operational Lead – An Events Professional generally specialising in operational roles at outdoor events. Lauren is inspired by shows and events she helps to curate and the creativity of the participants and customers that visit them. She is excited about how events are developing and can’t wait to see what is next and hopefully, be part of it!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Michael Palowski,Regional Development and Events Manager – Mike left a career in finance in order to follow his dream to set up a clothing company where he designs and hand screen-prints graphic T-shirts. He is also an advocate for sustainable practices in the fashion industry and you can check out and buy his T-shirts here

Sophie Toland,
Ops Lead & Event Manager – Sophie is an actor and producer based in Manchester. Passionate about visual as well as performing arts, she frequently paints & sketches in her spare time, and is currently studying professional graphic design. She can often be found knitting or crocheting something small and cute!

Lewis Pathak,
Artist – Lewis is a painter who uses various mediums & techniques, working in a range of different styles. He has a history within the traditional methods of painting, such as landscape and figurative painting, drawing inspiration from observation as well as his imagination. He also takes this knowledge and applies it towards more conceptual and abstract ways of painting.

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

Meg Oxford,
Operational Lead  – Meg is a creative entrepreneur who studied fine arts and photography. Meg is the founder of an arts organisation called ARTbound, who provide established artists with events and exhibitions to present their work to wider audiences round Yorkshire. She is also currently representing The Princes Trust as a Young Ambassador.

Andrew Sales
, Artist – Andrew is studying a masters in creative practice at Leeds arts university. He paints landscapes populated with crowds of people displaying hierarchical irrational behavior in often threatening scenarios. My paintings are highly decorative but contain critical perspectives on modern life. They are also like homages to historical paintings.

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.

Rachel Forster,
Artist & Ops Lead – Rachel originally trained as a Theatre Designer but now works as an artist and researcher, working on group projects in prisons. She is the director of the Wakefield based charity CommunARTy and as an artist competed in Manchester Art Battle’s ‘Thrilla in Gorilla’ in 2017.

Hannah Litvack,
Operational Lead – Hannah is an cultural sector administration professional with vast experience of running events for museums and galleries. She currently works for the Gardens, Libraries & Museum of Oxford University and is a beginner artist herself in her spare time! Experimenting with lino printing & watercolour.

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).