These professional artists feature in our demonstration and workshop programmes. They are listed alphabetically by surname. Go to the calendar page if you would like to see when they are, or were, appearing and to the press page to read about past events.
Paul ArnottPaul has been painting in his native Cardiff for over twenty years. He took early retirement from BT, since when he has been running painting demonstrations and workshops. He was the Chairman of the South Wales Art Society for some years, and is now the programme secretary for that society. He is also the treasurer for Lisvane art workshop, also in Cardiff, where he attends weekly to practice and help others to paint. He is a keen photographer and is very confident in using computers and modern technology to advance his art and creative skills. Paul is a regular cruiser and has cruised as artist on board on several ships, where he is happy to coach both beginners and more advanced students. He has a relaxed style of teaching, but gives a plethora of useful techniques and many tips for a speedier understanding and grasp of the hobby.
After completing a four year course at Canterbury College of Art Colin embarked on a career for 24 years as an Illustrator Visualizer, based in the West Country. As a freelance he worked for a diverse range of advertising, design and 3D companies in Bath, Bristol, London and Europe, for major companies, including Hasbro, Mattel, Cadbury's, Saga and Corgi Toys. He then moved into illustration for publishing, teaching books, magazines and posters, including a commission for the Guinness Book of Records. Colin is now a 'fine artist' concentrating on street scenes of the world; he enjoys evoking a sense of atmosphere and the feeling of 'being there'. He sells work throughout the UK and Ireland, gives demonstrations and runs workshops.website.
Roger studied technical illustration before attending Falmouth School of Art where he gained a BA in sculpture. He then taught for 35 years, attaining the position of Head of Art, Drama and Music at Ashton Park School in Bristol. He also taught landscape and figure painting to adults. Roger says he has loved art and drawing for as long as he can remember and although he has now retired from teaching he has not lost his passion to impart knowledge. Retirement has enabled him to devote himself to tending his beautiful cottage garden, water colour painting and, his best love of all, figure drawing. From time to time Roger gives exhibitions and runs life workshops from his studio in Membury.
Trudi describes herself as a self-taught artist who was fortunate to spend time as a student with renowned artists at The Mendip Painting Centre. Her paintings often portray local scenery and favourite spots include the glorious Devon and Cornwall coastlines and The Algarve, Portugal. She enjoys the challenge of painting changing and shifting light in all mediums and she has exhibited widely throughout the West Country, concentrating on all the major Art Weeks and Trails and The Royal Bath and West Show where she won several awards and commendations. Trudi finds her training as a colour therapist invaluable in her teaching and in her own painting. She has also completed her training as an NLP Master Practitioner. She loves working with people, helping them to release their creative talent, to enjoy colour and to find a passion in art and nature. Click here to see examples of Trudi's work on the gallery page of her website.
Paul has worked in art all his life, designing pottery, as an illustrator for a local newspaper, meeting commissions for pen and ink drawings for publishers and, latterly, working in oils and mixed media to create atmospheric and vivid landscapes full of life and drama. He lives and works in the south west, selling his work - which can be seen across the world - and giving demonstrations of his technique.
Sue's paintings, frequently based on the landscape and coastal areas of Dorset, are about mood and atmosphere. She works in oil, watercolour, acrylic and collage in a semi abstract style. Her interest is in creating an exciting image with a sense of mystery, leaving some questions unanswered for the viewer to ponder. Sue runs classes and courses as well as demonstrations and workshops. She exhibits locally and nationally and her work is held in collections in Europe, Asia and South America. You can see examples of her work here.
Linda is a botanical and natural history artist, working in coloured pencil. Examples of her work can be found in many private collections around the world as well as in the Visitors Centre of the Durban Botanic Gardens, the Head Office of the South African National Biodiversity Institute and the New York State Museum. She is a full member of the Society of Botanical Artists and received the 2013 Derwent award for 'outstanding work in the Coloured Pencil medium'. Linda tutors the 'Pencil Me In' group of artists, who meet regularly and work primarily in the medium of pencil - oil based coloured pencil and pastel pencil. Her work can be seen here on the South West Society of Botanical Artists website.
Katherine studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and gained a degree in craft, specialising in jewellery and metal work. In her time at college she studied Life Drawing and brought the figure into all aspects of her work. From moving to Devon in 2000 Katherine became a Life Drawing teacher for Devon ACL and then went on to teach various private classes throughout Devon and Dorset. At present she runs classes in Uplyme, Rousdon and Budleigh Salterton.
Lynda Kettle is a British artist whose early training led to a first class Honours degree in theatre design. A progression from theatre into BBC television as an arts director and production designer quickly followed, beginning a high profile career with many major film and television productions. Lynda has painted for many years in pastel and watercolour. She is a Former Vice President of the RBSA (Royal Birmingham Society of Artists), a member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society , a member of The Birmingham and Midland Pastel Society of Arts and also a member of the Birmingham Art Circle. She exhibits her work several times a year at selected galleries. She now lives in the west country from where she runs demonstrates and workshops. Click here to link to Lynda's website.
Michael Parker has been painting all his life, trying different mediums and finally settling on oil paint, by far his favourite. Having spent many years developing his own style he has progressed to working with large palette knives; he believes the skill of using these came from his profession as a builder, plasterer and bricklayer! Michael works with a joyful set of colours and his style is to apply paint in large bold strokes, deliberately strong and well placed. He enjoys painting human figures and animals, the horse being his favourite. Michael lives in Dorset, he has won local competitions throughout the South of England and his work can be found in many different counties throughout Europe. He takes commissions and runs palette knife demonstrations and workshops. Click here to link to Michael's website.
Hannah trained extensively with Nicholas Beer, the Senior instructor at the Charles Cecil Studios in Florence and Founder of The Sarum Studio. She has been working as a Professional Portrait Artist for over 12 years, taking on commissions, and recently completed a large portrait commission of the three time Grand National Winner Red Rum.
Hannah gives demonstrations and runs workshops designed to give confidence and improve draughtsmanship skills in drawing and painting 'living subjects' particularly human and animal subjects. She supports students working in a variety of mediums from graphite, charcoal, pastel, coloured pencil, oils, watercolour and acrylics. She teaches 'sight' techniques to help students 'draw what they see' and 'free up' from gridding and tracing. Her methods combine classical training with a contemporary feel, tailoring her mentoring to individual artists' styles and covering use of proportion, shape, colour, values and modelling.
Hannah's aim is to teach everybody, from complete beginners to more established artists, fundamentally tooling students up with the essentials in art, so they can transcribe the world around them more easily. Her main aim is to gear students up so that they can complete sensitive and honest portraits, freehand. You can see some of Hannah's work here.
Gregory doesn't consider himself a 'teacher' but more a 'sharer' of his knowledge, experience and techniques. He is a commission artist, specializing in portraits and wildlife. He has had articles in Paint, International Artist and Art in Devon magazines and is the founder of Artists on Safari. Recent workshops have included an Introduction to Portraits and Introduction to Wildife painting, these one day work shops concentrated on getting results fast. Gregory says he is very much about firing people up and delight in seeing them produce work that is better than they imagined they would do! His work can be seen on this Artists for Conservation web page.
Lynda is our President and has run many demonstrations and workshops for us over the years ; she always draws a crowd. She is a fully trained teacher and a professional artist, having graduated in 1979. She exhibits widely, runs teaching classes from her own studio in Axminster and runs workshops and demonstrations. She has had articles published in Leisure Painter and can work in any medium. You can see Lynda's gallery on the SAA website by clicking here.
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