Pippa, Lady Blake

Pippa was born in Portsmouth, England 1954 and educated at Downe House School, Berkshire, UK. She studied Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art in London between 1972 and 1976, gaining a First Class BA Honours degree in Painting. She went on to work for the Arts Council of Great Britain and as an assistant to a museum designer based in London.

Pippa met Peter Blake at the end of 1978 and they were married in August 1979. Their first adventure followed with a three month journey to Sydney to deliver the yacht Condor of Bermuda for the Sydney Hobart race 1979. They then moved on to New Zealand where Pippa worked on the organisation and liaison for Ceramco NZ and many subsequent races and expeditions.

In 1993 Pippa resumed her painting career and in 2005 graduated from West Dean College, West Sussex with a Post Graduate Diploma with Distinction. She has since held several solo exhibitions in the UK and Auckland and exhibited widely in group shows in Sussex, Hampshire and London. She works from her studio at home in Emsworth, a small village on Chichester Harbour in the South Coast of England. For the past two years Pippa has worked as artist in residence at Chichester Festival Theatre on a couple of productions - culminating in four exhibitions of the work produced - most recently at the public art space Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. In 2015 she had two paintings exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and made the shortlist final in 2016.

To view Pippa's work : www.pippablake.com

She is the patron for a variety of organisations including The Devonport Yacht Club in New Zealand and is currently a director of the London based theatre company Out of Joint. She serves as a founding Trustee for the Sir Peter Blake Trust.

Pippa launched her book, Journey, in November 2011.