Liz Seward has been painting and drawing all her life. After an early career in scientific illustration and raising a family she qualified as an Adult Education lecturer and taught drawing, watercolours and mixed media for 24 years, retiring in 2003 to concentrate on her own work and a busy schedule demonstrating to Art Societies throughout the country. Liz also demonstrates for a number of leading companies and is an expert on artists’ materials. She has exhibited widely in many galleries and on London at both Mall and Westminster Galleries. Her work has been reproduced as greeting cards by many organizations and she has won a number of prestigious awards. Liz has contributed to several books including ‘Watercolour Plus’ and ‘The Artists’ Sketchbook and is a regular contributor to ‘The Artist’ magazine. She was elected to The Society of Women Artists in 1993 and became a full member of the Society of Floral Painters.
Our Course Tutors
Our regular course tutors are listed below. Click on a name to read a short artist biography and follow a link to the artist’s own website.
Roger Dellar is a professional figurative artist who works in oils, pastels, mixed media, Acrylics, and water-based media. His interest in observing people in their environments has influenced him to record and interpret them, capturing light effects.
He is a member of the ROI (The Royal Institute of Oil Painters) and is a Council Member. The RI (The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours) and also a Council Member, The Pastel Society, The Wapping Group and The Chelsea Art Society.
Roger has also exhibited with The Royal Water-Colour Society at The Bankside Gallery, The Royal Society of Marine Artists, The New English Art Club, The Royal Society of British Artists – all at the Mall Galleries, The West of England Academy (Bristol) and The Royal Academy London. Wapping Group.
Winston has painted watercolour landscapes and townscapes in Dedham and Suffolk for more than a decade. He was tutored by the late James Fletcher-Watson and John Yardley, and has painted with Ken Howard. He is an elected member of the Pure Watercolour Society. “The Artist” magazine has featured a series of his instructional articles since 1999, some of which were published in “The Problem Solver” (Harper Collins). He has had solo exhibitions in the UK, Switzerland and Singapore, and in mixed exhibitions in Sydney and the Mall Galleries in London. His Watercolour course consists of structured slide tutorials, morning demonstrations, outdoor painting in various locations in Suffolk combined with individual tuition on site and in the studio. The subjects covered during the week include skies, trees, foreground, water, figures, tones and composition.
Paul studied Furniture and Interior Design at the West of England College of Art in Bristol and followed a thirty year career in Design before redundancy and early retirement enabled him to renew his desire to paint. He is a self taught watercolourist and constantly explores the potential of the medium using a free and expressive style encompassing a wide range of subject matter. He enjoys the challenge of painting direct from the subject, with emphasis on creativity, which gives a more sensitive result. He has had numerous one man shows, including in France and Holland and his work is hung in many galleries in the South of England. He has also had work accepted by The Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters, The Royal Watercolour Society Summer open Exhibition, The Royal Society of Marine Painters, The New English Art Club and the Wapping Group of Artists.
Salliann studies at the West Surrey College of Art and Design. She is a qualified teacher and has run painting courses for a number of years. Her work is mostly in oil or watercolour and subjects include still life, flowers, interiors, figures and landscape. She has exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Watercolour Exhibition, The New English Art Club, The Royal Society of British Artists and The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. She has had several one and two man shows and has won a number of awards including the Royal Watercolour Society Award and the Chris Beetles Award. Her paintings are in private collections both in this country and abroad.
Ann works primarily in coloured pencil and is well known for her fine detail, vibrant colours and strong contemporary style. She is passionate about coloured pencils believing they are easier to master, forgiving and accessible so that even a complete beginner can produce work of quality. She has been awarded 4 Gold Medals by the Royal Horticultural Society. Her work in represented in the prestigious Shirley Sherwood Collection and the RHS Lindley Collection and she has recently designed the ‘Botanical’ range of china for Jersey Pottery. Ann is an inspirational and nurturing tutor, happy to share all the techniques she encompasses in her work. She teaches around the world and is happy to work with students of all abilities.
Soraya is a professional artist and tutor. She is a regular contributor to The Artist Magazine and the success of her two art Books published by Harper Collins have brought her international recognition and following. She is a demonstrator for the US based art company “GOLDEN Artist Colours” and the “Caran D’Ache” Company of Switzerland. She also demonstrates her painting techniques to art groups and societies around the UK. She is an elected member of the Society of Women Artists and The Society of Floral Painters, and is currently the President of the Andover Art Society. Soraya is a figurative painter and works in watercolours, oils, pastels, acrylics and mixed media with a variety of subject matters such as musicians, café scenes and African market scenes amongst others. Many of her subjects are travel based including people in everyday life situations. Light and colour are the two important elements in her paintings together with semi abstract passages with a sense of ambiguity where she allows the viewer to make up their own story. Soraya has received a number of prestigious art awards for her paintings in recent years and many of her paintings can be found in private and public collections both at home and abroad. Soraya’s Studio is based at the prestigious “Project Workshops” in Quarley Hampshire, where she works with her husband Tim, who is Director of their Art Gallery and Workshops.
Jane Evans studied Chinese painting in the Far east, She exhibits and teaches in Britain and abroad. She has written several books and played a major role in popularising Chinese painting techniques in Europe and the USA. She is Honorary Co-President of the Chinese Brush Painters Society. Chinese Brush Painting is a versatile, expressive medium which offers exciting, unfamiliar techniques and a fresh approach to composition.
Wendy has taught for over 30 years in many leading residential colleges throughout England. She has made 12 instructional art DVDs on Acrylics, watercolurs and mixed media, Line and Wash, and pastels. She has now written 40 art books. She has won several prizes at the Mall Galleries, and local art exhibitions. She appears on Sky TV regularly, and has been painting on BBC 2. She writes often for ‘Leisure Painter’. Her exhibiting Galleries are in Cornwall (St Ives and Mousehole), and in the South of England (Stourhead and Romsey). Paul is a practising Architect, who demonstrates and teaches at art group meetings, in Watercolours, Pen, Line and Wash. He specialises in Buildings and the use of Sketchbooks. He exhibits regularly in local art shows.
Andrew Pitt gives demonstrations and runs workshops in watercolour, pen and wash and oils. He frequently writes articles that are published in The Leisure Painter Magazine. He is able to give help to students in discovering their own personal style of painting.
Steve Hall started painting and drawing at an early age and developed a love of the English landscape and a desire to capture its ever-changing moods and seasons on paper. This desire was left unfulfilled for many years as he pursued a teaching career in Further Education and eventually became an Assistant Principal for Gwent Tertiary College. Following early retirement in 1994, Steve was able to devote his full attention to painting and, in particular, watercolour. Today he is a popular teacher at many venues around Britain and Europe and has developed a considerable following at Dedham Hall over the last few years. He is the author of six books about the work of other artists and his autobiography, ‘Steve Hall- Painting from the Heart’, was published in 2011. In addition, Steve is a regular contributor to the Artist magazine. He has been much inspired by the traditional work of such artists as Edward Wesson, Edward Seago, Jack Merriott, James Fletcher-Watson and John Yardley. His aim is to capture light and form by the most simple and fresh means possible and to pass on this approach to course members. Steve likes to lead by example and his ‘one to one’ teaching at Dedham is supported by demonstrations and short tutorials. He makes no distinction between beginners and more experienced artists, believing all are deserving of his time and effort, whatever their ability. Whenever possible course members are taken out into the surrounding countryside or coastline so that they may experience capturing the essence of a scene plein air. When bad weather prohibits inspiration is sought in the studio via photographs, sketches and personal demonstration. So join Steve on a journey that is unending and at times full of frustration and pitfalls yet, for the determined traveller, one that can be so rewarding.
David is a professional painter and experienced teacher working in watercolour, oils and pastels and is always happy to be amongst East Anglian landscape and marine subjects. He also paints equestrian and shooting pictures, life work and anything else that takes his fancy and firmly believes that irrespective of the subject all that matters is the quality of the painting itself. Apart from discussions on materials and technique and the occasional demonstration, he likes to spend time with students working on the fundamentals of composition, tone and colour both as a group and individually and is a great advocate of painting plein air at various locations and developing ideas through drawing and sketching. David’s work is constantly in demand and he supplies a number of major galleries both in the UK and overseas and has had over 20 one-man shows in various parts of the world. Apart from gallery commitments he regularly undertakes commissions and his paintings hang in collections located worldwide, ranging from city boardrooms to Middle Eastern palaces. His work has been reproduced in magazine articles, books, video and limited edition prints and he is a past president of the Royal Society of Marine Artists and an honoury member of the Pure Watercolour Society.
Signature member of AWS, PAPA, RRWS, TWSA
Andy Evansen's interest in art started in childhood, as he can't recall a time when he wasn't drawing. He began painting watercolors in the mid 1990's as a change of pace from his career as a medical illustrator. Choosing a 'style' was not difficult, as Andy was always inspired by the watercolor paintings of British artists Trevor Chamberlain, David Curtis, Ed Seago and John Yardley among others.
He found himself attempting to capture the landscape with the same economy of brushstroke, taking advantage of the luminosity of watercolors done in just a few washes. In addition, he was impressed with the way those artists seemed to capture everyday scenes in such a way that revealed hidden beauty, subjects that many would simply pass by.
His work gained recognition after winning an international watercolour competition through American Artist magazine, appearing on their cover in 2005. He's been featured in numerous publications since, and has become a sought-after workshop instructor who paints and teaches internationally. He has become a signature member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) in 2012 and served as their president from 2015 - 2017. His paintings have won numerous awards including the Bronze and High Winds Medals from the American Watercolor Society, and he was their demonstration artist for the 2018 Exhibition. His love of painting on location also led him being a featured presenter at the 2014 and 2016 Plein Air Conventions and inclusion in the 2017 Quingdao International Masters Watercolor Plein Air Event.
John Hoar is one of the most exciting watercolourists in Britain today. His inspirations have been the great impressionist watercolourists who perfected the art of painting in the most direct and economical way. His paintings are widely sought after and he specialises in architectural subjects as well as landscapes, marine scenes and floral studies. He was born in 1947, the son of Frank Hoar the cartoonist – “Acanthus” of Punch magazine and a highly accomplished watercolourist. John read Architecture at Cambridge and Brixton School of Building and, although he studied drawing and painting with Ruskin Spear R.A., he is largely self taught. He has painted professionally since 1980 and is represented in collections in England, Ireland and the USA. John won first prize for watercolour in 1988, the Donald Blake prize in 2003 and the Lincoln Joyce prize, at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, in the same year. He is part author of ‘Watercolour Plus’, published by David and Charles in 2003 and in 2008 he issued a DVD called ‘Simplifying Watercolours’.
John needs little introduction as one of the country’s leading watercolour artists. Completely self taught, he feels painting is a matter of confidence which he shows in his demonstrations during the course.
Chris is a professional, figurative painter working in acrylics, watercolour and mixed media. He is mostly concerned with landscape and architectural subjects and in capturing atmosphere, fleeting moments of changing light and using dynamic composition and expressive mark-making while leaving some areas as vague abstraction, letting the viewer use their imagination. His work is widely exibited throughout the UK. He has won prizes for his work at The Mall Galleries and is a member of the RI and SGFA (Society of Graphic Fine Artists). He is in popular demand for his lively informative demonstrations and he runs courses in Cornwall and Greece. He believes in getting to know his painting subject through sketching and observation, planning composition and colour, and then working quickly and expressivly back in the studio, making the work look spontaneous, lively and exciting. He will be using this approach on this course.
David is an experienced tutor and his courses are for General Drawing and Painting, including, pen, pencil, pastel, watercolour, oils and acrylic. Landscape, plant and still life tuition are all available and there is the opportunity to work from a costume model. David welcomes a range of ages and abilities from beginners to the most advanced students. His work has been widely exhibited at home and abroad including, Canada and the USA. He has won a number of competitions with his drawings and paintings, including ‘Kent Artist of the Year’ for historic paintings and the ‘Kent People and Places’ competition. His commissioned work includes numerous book illustrations, landscape for the NFU and the Countryside Commission, and portraits of people and places. David considers enjoyment to be one of the key factors in making artistic progress.
Alvaro Castagnet is one of the world’s most highly respected watercolour artists. Alvaro has been recognised with top international honours for his painting and his art graces the walls of many private and corporate collectors world wide. The art of Alvaro Castagnet captures the very soul of his subjects with passion, boldness and elegance. His paintings are imbued with a mood, a mystery that engage and lure the viewer into the magic. Alvaro is an expressive painter. He exhibits a strong, impressive and colourful style with superb interpretation of light effects that capture the soul of the places he paints.
Ian McManus AIEA Ian McManus is a very popular and sought after workshop tutor and demonstrator. The energy and enthusiasm Ian brings to the workshop, ensures his students thoroughly enjoy the lessons, and many praise him for the immediate and ongoing improvement in their own watercolour paintings. Compleetly self taught, Ian’s reputation has grown following his highly successful major solo exhibitions over the last four years. Ian became an Associate Member of The Institute of East Anglian Artists after his entry won the Picture of the Exhibition award, and in 2014, was pre-selected for the RI Exhibition of Painters in Water Colours. Ian’s subjects range from rural scenes to bustling street scenes where dramatic effects of light and shade are enhanced by his confidence to incorporate complex figurative studies. He continues to develop his technique, which he believes gives each finished painting a transparency and a freedom of expression envied by many of his piers.
Kim Page has been painting seriously from the age of 12 when he won a scholarship to a junior Art School for 3 years. After having a career in printing he decided to turn professional as an artist after 25 years in the industry. Painting mainly in watercolour and mixed media he enjoys painting landscape, portrait and still life and recently semi abstract. He tutors at Art Societys, workshops and appraisals and has shown work at The Mall and various galleries both in this country and abroad.
Lynda is a popular tutor with a degree in art education and has taught in tertiary and further education for many years. Her aim is to build confidence in her students be they beginners or the more experienced. Her work covers a wide range of subject matter in both watercolour and acrylic but her great love is architecture and landscape both manmade and natural which she approaches with strong tone and fresh colour.
Following careers in commercial Graphic Design and teaching, Anne’s natural talents, combined with a desire for artistic freedom inevitably resulted in fine art painting becoming her now well established profession.
Her work has taken many directions in subject matter and at various times has moved across all mediums of oil, acrylics and mixed media, with watercolour always dominating. Subjects have also been ‘on the move’ with subjects taken from her travels and interior scenes featuring people in everyday situations becoming the subjects for which Anne has received most acclaim.
In addition to showing in many independent galleries, her work has achieved much recognition by the leading and celebrated art societies, with work selected by the SWA (Society of Women Artists) RI ( Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours) RWS ( Royal Watercolour Society) ROI ( Royal Institute of Oil Painters) and RA ( Royal Academy Summer Exhibition).
1994 awarded membership to the SWA ( Past Vice President)
2007 elected member of the RI ( Currently a serving member of the RI Council)
SWA. ‘Best Work’ in annual open SWA exhibition 1996
HAS John Goss Award 1998, 2006, 2013
Bill Dale Award 1999,2007,2014
Lady Laming Award 2009, 2015
Edward Mason Watercolour Award 2016
RI Best Figure Work 2006
Most Atmospheric Painting 2009
Best Outstanding Collection of Work 2011
The Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award 2011
Most Innovative work in exhibition 2013
Carole Massey has been a professional artist all her working life, firstly as a graphic designer with her own advertising business and latterly as a popular tutor and demonstrator. Although her work covers a wide range of subjects in watercolour, pastels and acrylics, portraiture is her favorite. Her most recent commission was of Sir Charles Bean, the retiring Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, where the painting now hangs.
She is a very sympathetic and informative tutor who equally welcomes beginners as well as more experienced artists in her classes.
Carole has written 6 teaching art books for Search Press, translated into 16 languages, can be seen regularly on the Painting Channel, contributes articles to the Leisure Painter magazine and is a founder member of the online tuition website, ArtTutor.com. She has exhibited at the Mall Galleries with the SWA as well as in France, where she presently lives.
Amanda is an "alla prima" artist, painting "at the first go". She is instinctive and aims to create an expressive effect directly, immediatley and spontaneously, to "achieve the final look in one session". This requires skillful manipulation of the brushes and the medium, working quickly, and with 30 years experience she is a master of alla prima watercolour.
She strives to create a sense of light and energy in her work which attracts the viewer via their immediate reaction to the play of tones, contrast of darks and lights, and her omission of unnecessary detail....making every brush stroke matter.
She aims to continue this lineage by transmitting this knowledge to students via her many teaching workshops. A combination of sensuality and interllect characterise this artist.
Amanda Hyatt was born and educated in Melbourne and qualified with a BSc Hons-Chemistry) and a Dip Ed. She began her art career in 1984 and has since achieved the following
- Recognised as one of Australia's and the world's best watercolour artists who pushes the boundary of traditional watercolour.
- Sought after portrait painter (oil), examples Prof. Peter Doherty (Nobel Laureate), Prof Robin Batterham (Chief Scientist, Rio Tinto); Mr Barry Jones and numerous CSIRO executives Prof. Mike Rickard and Dr Bill Snowdon).
- 33 solo exhibitions, 2 in New York.
- Won most Australian art awards including the following majors: The Camberwell Rotary Gold Medal for Watercolour, and 8 other club awards. The St Kevin's College 1st prize. Mt Waverley 1st prize. The AME Bale watercolour award. People's Choice Award Victorian Artist Society. Victorian Artist Society Artist of the Year. Kenneth Jach Watercolour Award
Jem Bowden is a watercolour specialist with a deep affection for the medium, appreciating the traditional methods and applying them with bold approach.
Inspired from an early age by the natural world and being outdoors, he began to paint the landscape as a child after discovering JMW Turner and then the French Impressionists. Latter, his love of the British watercolour landscape tradition particularly influenced his development as am artist with plein air painting central to his practice. His award-winning work is now held in private collections in many countries.
Jem wrote the current Watercolour Diploma course for London Art College, demonstrates widely and contributes to practical art magazines. He enjoys socialising with others around the subject of watercolour painting and is a generous ans very encouraging tutor, always wishing to 'demystify' while fully imparting his knowledge and enthusiasm.