Rydal Hanbury studied in Hertfordshire, winning the University Award in 1999 and 2004. She completed The Drawing Year at The Royal Drawing School in 2008. During that year she won first prize in ‘Hung, Drawn and Quartered’ Competition, which saw her drawing converted into a 75ft hoarding covering part of the Tower of London, for a three-year restoration project.

After ten years focusing on drawing, she learnt to paint. From 2016-18 she studied for The Portrait Diploma at Heatherley Art College. Over the two years she won the Portrait, Figure Composition and the Drawing Prize.

She uses drawing and painting, as a means of ‘capturing the present moment in time within a defined area’, particularly its narrative, repetitive aspects, patterns and rhythms.

She spent 10 years drawing around the Bank of England before Covid. Today she is painting in her local city in St Albans. Drawing in Morrisons and painting on her local streets, particularly the wonderful Wednesday Charter Market.

She taught for many years with the Royal Drawing School’s YAP Drawing Clubs.

Art Installations, Murals, Painting Demonstrations and Commissions
Teaching, Children’s Workshops and The Big Draw