Gillie Hoyte Byrom - professional enamel painter and qualified teacher
When Gillie watched a demonstration of enamel painting at a craft fair in her mid-twenties, she knew she had found her medium. With a basic enamelling kiln and minimal equipment she largely taught herself the necessary skills to get established as a painter, before choosing to specialise in enamel portrait miniatures which became her passion.
Gillie then took training in the making of enamel miniatures at the renowned Llotja school in Barcelona with Andreu Vilasis and Nuria Lopez Ribalta in 1990. She also took master classes with Marie Angeles Cera de Derch. She has made more than 500 portrait miniatures, mainly working to commission. Gillie’s enamel miniatures are in private and public collections all over the world winning her many prizes, including the prestigious Jacques Cartier Memorial Award in 2007.
Gillie also has a Masters Degree in Special Educational Needs with experience in teaching individuals and small groups.