My Story: Contemporary and Abstract Expressionist Artist Tandy Pengelly

I have the pleasure of living in a beautiful rural part of South West France, where I am surrounded by some stunning scenery, coastlines and wild animals. One of my greatest pleasures is to hike through the landscape, stopping, pausing and connecting with the beauty of Mother Nature.

As a Buddhist, Yoga Teacher, and a Shamanic practitioner, I feel a deep connection between myself and Nature, therefore it would only be natural for me, as an artist to want to bring this beauty to life on canvas, so others can also enjoy and share it with me.

Sometimes my work is literal when I want to bring the beauty of an animal to life, to see their Spirit behind their eyes.  And sometimes I want the painting to be a relationship with the viewer,  to be interpreted by them as they bring their perspective to it. My mixed media and abstract work are intuitive, with unpredictable combinations of colours and forms, that have evolved as the painting comes to life. But this process is also seen in my literal art, as I twist and turn in different directions with form and colours but always anchored to the Spirit of the animal.

We are all creative beings, but society does not value, nor promote this innate essence within us.


Art should inspire, uplift and create emotion within the viewer. I hope that my art helps people look deeper at the beauty of Mother Earth, and all the sentient beings, and want to protect and honour its beauty and life.

But also we should look behind the initial impact, and ‘see’ what is laying behind the story of the painting. Look at the layers of the possibilities and the reaction it evokes.

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Pablo Picasso

Art offers us so many opportunities to view our world from a different perspective.

My inspiration is really ‘life’. The life that is within each and everyone of us. That spark of Spirit that entwines us all with an ultimate equality. It shines within us all.

My Bio - Contemporary and Abstract Artist Tandy Pengelly


1992: Attended West Sussex University: BA Fine and Literature

1999: Completed BSc Psychology: Open University

2001: Began my journey of Yoga, Buddhist, and Shamanic Studies.

2003: London Institute City and Guilds: Design and Craft Studies


2009: Regional Arts Exhibition, Gympie Queensland Australia

2015: Solo Exhibition, Cafe La Gare, Rouillac, Charente France

2021: Solo Exhibition, Abbey Royale, Celles sur Belle, Deux Sevres, France.


2009: Won 1st Prize Gympie Regional Arts Competition.

2021: Semi-Finalist with 'Jonquille Joy'. International Art Competition 'In The Wild' held by The Artist Lounge.

2021: Finalist with 'Lost Wisdom'. International Art Competition held by The Artist Lounge.

2022: Awarded one of the top 15 artists and artworks in the International Abstract Art Competition with Light Space and Time.


2019: Published 'Breaking the Attention of Pain'. A book about the innate connection of the Mind, Body and Spirit.

2021: Featured in 'The Artist Lounge' Art Journal.

2021: Article in Le Courrier de l'ouest


2021: Launch of the Break Free and Create E-Course, looking at how to break create blocks and re-ignite our innate creativity.


2021: ParARTgon International Gallery

2021: Saatchi Art International Gallery.

2021: Art Evince Gallery, London


Artists Statement: Contemporary and Abstract Artist Tandy Pengelly

After University I was very disheartened with the art industry and my creative voice and did not paint for many years. But that changed in 2007 when I once again found my way back to the canvas, and in 2009 I entered an Art Competition and won first prize for a vibrant seascape in a regional art competition in Queensland, Australia.

This certainly spurned me on to start to bring the creative part of my nature to life again and continue painting for the joy of painting, for myself and for my friends and family. But in 2015, I decided to start to move from part-time artist to professional artist and began the process of transition, which resulted in my first local solo exhibition in France.

The more that I honoured my inner voice of creativity, the more I noticed the deepening of my connection to my spirituality. The years spent teaching yoga and studying Buddhism and Shamanism has shown me the importance of honouring your authentic voice, and being true to that deep voice within you. The call of creativity.

My technique and style is a blend between Literal Art and Abstract Expressionism.  I use oils and mixed media, and my paintings are often highly textured, large, and vibrant. It is, however, always an expression of the Spiritual energy of Nature.

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced”

Vincent Van Gogh

As creative beings we cannot ignore what is deep within each and every one of us.

My style is vibrant, intuitive and free flowing, where I often simply paint with my fingers, when I really feel the need to connect deeply to my subject matter, feeling the contours of the animals form. My seascapes are bright and abstract with free flowing strokes and blending. It is important for me to grow and evolve as an artist and not rest behind one comfortable technique.

I believe that art should inspire us to deepen our connection to the beauty of Nature and the expansive canvas of life. Awaken the senses and allow us to stop, pause and reconnect to all that surround us and is within us.

Professional Development

Although initially studying Art and Literature many years ago at the now West Sussex University, I believe that, like any profession ones needs to continue to learn, develop and evolve techniques. Therefore I have continued to study with different professional artists to learn new techniques and develop my skills as an artist. Over the years my craft has developed and my technique and style is a blend between Literal Art and Abstract Expressionism.  I use oils and mixed media, and my paintings are often highly textured, large and vibrant. It is however, always an expression of the Spiritual energy of Nature.

  • 2018: Floral Bowley
  • 2019: Roisin O’Farrell
  • 2020: Charla Maarschalk
  • 2020: Jean Haines
  • 2021: Ciara Gilmore
  • 2021: Paulette Insall
  • 2021: Tracey Verdugo

Exhibtions and Creative Work for 2021

Exhibitions: Tandy Pengelly

2021 is an exciting year for me, because I am launching my new virtual Break Free and Create E-Course, and Break Free and Create Podcast to help creatives souls find the innate creativity and break free from the constraints of self doubt. This online course is designed to help creative souls break free of their creative blocks and lack of inspiration and find their own inner authentic creative voice.

I also have my first month long solo exhibition in September, at the beautiful Abbey in Celles sur Belle, Deux Sevres, France. This exhibition is to celebrate the 'Similarities within Diversity'.

Vernissage: 6th September at 6pm

Abbaye Royale


Deux Sevres


  • March 2021: Break Free and Create E-Course
  • September 2021: Solo Exhibtion 'Similaries in Diversity'.
Break Free and Create e-course with Tandy Pengelly
Solo Exhibtion by Contemporary Artist Tandy Pengelly