Phyllis Smith

2021 QEST Howdens Scholar - Decorative & Mural Artistry

Phyllis gained an MA in Fine Art from Edinburgh College of Art before moving to London and working for interiors and decorating studios Rima and McRae, Bone Black Ltd, and Artist Decorators Limited. She is skilled in verre églomisé, grisaille, decorative painting, surface design, and restoration. Working as both a fine and decorative artist has allowed her to amass an in-depth knowledge of materials which she has learnt to manipulate in a wide variety of ways, creating highly specific and unique works, whether to a specific design brief or to satisfy her own aims as an artist. 

‌A QEST Scholarship will enable Phyllis to learn and master the techniques of painted faux marble and wood finishes, under the one-to-one tutelage of Pierre Beaudry. This will culminate with an opportunity for her to work with Pierre on faux marble pillars at Shakespeare’s Globe. In the future she hopes to continue working in heritage decoration and establish her place as an accomplished craftsman in the world of interior decoration and decorative restoration. 

Throughout history, art has been integrated into architecture and interior schemes. In studying these traditional painting techniques, I hope to create work that continues this tradition.