Lois Cordelia Bülow-Osborne (Artist Name: Lois Cordelia)

Mobile: 07949 042115

Email: [email protected] ● Artwork portfolio: www.LoisCordelia.com


Personal Profile


I am a versatile freelance artist, speed-painter, tutor and film-maker with a strong emphasis on community engagement (despite the pandemic) and the benefits of art for mental health. I am reliable, enthusiastic and well organised, work efficiently as a team member, and am confident with IT. I have excellent oral and written communication skills, with a keen sensitivity for language, a strong academic and research record, and acute attention to detail.




Creative & Fine Arts:

  • Confident presenting public live art demonstrations, illustrated talks, and creative workshops for adults (including vulnerable) and children.

  • Outstanding draughtsmanship skills: painting, illustration, sculpture.

  • Gallery and Exhibition duties: hanging, stewarding, supervision, sales, customer service, bespoke commissions.

Office & Graphics:

  • Confident with Windows, MS Office and Adobe Photoshop.

  • Experienced in video and image editing, website and blog writing.


  • Native UK English speaker. Competent in spoken and written German.


  • Clean UK Driver's License.


  • Enhanced DBS Certificate (October 2016).


Work Experience


June 2006 – Present

Freelance Community Artist, Tutor, Illustrator,

Graphic Designer

UK, Europe

  • Regularly performed public live art demonstrations and talks at galleries, art shops, art clubs and other venues (pre-lockdown).

  • Planned and led creative workshops for adults and children, including vulnerable adults with autism and mental health issues.

  • Offered series of free video tutorials and demonstrations to boost mental health and well-being during the Covid-19 lockdown.

  • Elected as Artist Admin for local Art & Craft networking group.

  • Co-founded a popular not-for-profit life drawing class to benefit local artists and models (pre-lockdown).

  • Facilitator for monthly “Art & Spirituality” Forum: researched topics, hosted guest speakers, fielded discussion, enforced GDPR.

  • Created designs for public art trails across the UK.

  • Raised £80K+ for charity via auction of public artworks.

  • Hosted artist and creative freelancer networking sessions.

  • Promoted publicity via press, radio, social media, interviews, video, live events and guest blogging.

  • Gallery duties: hanging, stewarding, supervision, sales, customer service. Welcomed visitors, hosted receptions and private views.

  • Created original paintings, portraits, sculptures and illustrations for public and private commissions, books, illustrations, journals, posters, logos, film, animations and exhibitions in the UK and abroad, working to tight deadlines and under pressure.

  • Exhibited widely and sold artwork in the UK and abroad.

  • Maintained website portfolio and blog: www.LoisCordelia.com

  • Member of Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).


July 2020 – Present
Programme Leader,
Inside Out Community,
Ipswich, Suffolk

  • Worked as part of core team to facilitate regular activities.

  • Hosted regular weekly Zoom meetings; introduced breakout rooms as a solution to help quieter members.

  • Coordinator for Creative Mentoring programme.

  • Liaised with team members, trustees, artists, tutors, service users and health service contacts to arrange workshops and events.


2000 – '19 part-time

Personal Studio Assistant to Author-Illustrator

Jan Pieńkowski,


  • Edited illustrations, designs and page layouts for books.

  • Assembled working models of pop-up books and theatre props.

  • Catalogued books and compiled bibliographies.

  • Contributed visual and linguistic research for book projects.

  • Typed and proofread correspondence, answered telephone calls.

  • Photocopying, scanning, ordering supplies, packaging parcels.


2005 – 2012

Freelance Translator, Tutor, Proofreader


  • Worked to tight deadlines and under pressure.

  • Strictly respected client confidentiality.

  • Supplied English translations of German documents.

  • Acquired knowledge of industry-specific terminologies.

  • Proofread and copy-edited academic research assignments.


February – March 2007 (Voluntary)

Team Arabist, Archaeological Expedition, Oman

  • Contributed linguistically to archaeological field research.

  • Interviewed local people about traditional irrigation systems, farming methods, customs, and contemporary trends in fashion.

  • Researched etymological and mythological significance.

  • Wrote detailed academic research report on findings.


2002 – 2006 Volunteer Assistant Facilitator,

University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy Centre

  • Welcomed fresher students, gave guided tours of Chaplaincy facilities; assisted with exhibitions, receptions, lunchtime gatherings, opening ceremonies, cultural and interfaith events.

  • Categorised books and other resources in new Interfaith Library.

  • Designed publicity flyers, posters and graphics.

  • Student member of Chaplaincy Committee.


Education & Qualifications

October 2002 – June 2006

MA(Hons) Arabic – 1st

University of Edinburgh

  • Acquired high-level proficiency in translation, written composition, and spoken Modern Standard Arabic.

  • Earned credits in Biblical Hebrew and Sanskrit.

  • Dissertation: Discuss the contemporary relevance of Arabic calligraphy to the Islamic world.

September 1999 – June 2001

Northgate 6th Form, Ipswich

  • A-levels: Art A, Biology A, English Literature A, Latin A.



  • Health & fitness: Enjoy dance, running and training, and healthy vegetarian cuisine.

  • Creative Snail-Mail: Passionate about keeping the art of letter-writing alive.



Available on request.