Welcome to my website.  Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy viewing my artwork.  

I now work from my studio at Eshottheugh where I also hold workshops and individual tuition sessions.  

No surprise, it is called The Barn Owl Art Studio! 

There are also Original Artworks, Greetings Cards and Giclee Prints for sale along with various other gifts.  

Please feel free to come along and say hello!

See the Studio Page for opening times and directions.


Introduction  -  Irene Hilsdon        

I was born in North Shields, Northumberland and was originally inspired to take up painting by my father Larry Bedigan who loved painting in watercolour. He mostly painted landscapes and various views from the River Tyne. I have painted a number of 'Local Scenes' but prefer to paint animals, birds, flowers and portraits.

I joined the Women's Royal Air Force in 1972 and moved to Cornwall. There I met my husband Bob and after spending many years moving from place to place with the Royal Air Force, we returned 'home' to the North East in 2003.

My two children Andrew and Michelle still live in Essex and London.

I now live in Shilbottle, Northumberland with my husband Bob.             

Bob changed careers when we moved back to Northumberland and after completing two picture framing courses  he now has his own Picture Framing business. (This is a great bonus to someone who paints as he mounts and frames all my pictures).

I started painting in 1995 and attended a watercolour class in Southend on Sea, Essex

I have since attended a number of courses using other mediums. 

Most of my portraits and animals are painted using Pastels or Pastel Pencils, but  I also work in watercolour, ink, oils and coloured pencils.

I have painted a number of children's and pet's portraits and am happy to take commissions for these.

For the past few years, I have also been teaching watercolour painting to complete beginners in the Community Hall in Shilbottle as well as holding workshops and demonstrations for group and clubs. 

Please visit the Exhibitions page to find out about forthcoming events.