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. PopUp Painting’s aim is to reinvent the art class as a social painting experience – making it accessible for everyone, regardless of experience or confidence.

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. He is a political activist and is passionate about representation and growth in the creative industries.


Majella Dowdican, Artist & Marketing Support – 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.


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.


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.


Wyland Tondelier, Artist – 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!


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.

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!

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!

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 & Marketing Support – 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.

Laura Macdonald, Artist – 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.

Aysha Khan, Events Manager & Operational Lead – Aysha works for several community based organisations. Now she is working from in sheltered accommodation, schools, interim education settings to outdoor events. Aysha works in a variety of modes such as; textiles, willow craft, up cycling & multi media collage. Passionate about benefits creative practice has on well-being.

Alexandra Unger,
 Artist – 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.

Tom Blackford, Artist – Tom is an illustrator and graffiti artist. He’s runs a mural company based in London called Mighty Murals. You can view more of Tom’s artwork here.


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.

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.

Alisha Hutchinson, Artist – Alisha is a Birmingham based fine art graduate who specialises in portraiture and figurative drawing. I work predominantly in oil paint to  produce classical portraits to confront topics of sexuality, race and mental health. You can see Alisha’s art here.

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.

Natalie Kaciubskyj, Operational Manager – Natalie was born in Manchester and brought up in an Italian/Ukrainian household; finding her heritage to be her biggest inspiration. She is also a director of a community interest company which aims to connect individuals in creative ways; Find out more 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

James Ventre, Artist – James graduated from Manchester School of Art in 2017, and now works in Manchester continuing his painting practise based around creating large scale abstract landscapes. 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

Olivia Race, Operational Lead  – Olivia is not an artist but loves all things creative.  She is the artistic director of site-specific theatre company Front Room Productions, based in Leeds, creating art and theatre in unusual and alternative places.

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.