About

A bit about me and the artists I have studied with.
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CV
2018 Had a painting selected for the RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2018, the annual open national/international competition run by UK's Royal Watercolour Society; Bankside Gallery in London next to Tate Modern, 2 - 14 March 2018

2017 Won Aquarius Open Award, Autumn Exhibition, Guildford Art Society, Surrey

2017 Won Autumn Trophy, Autumn Exhibition, Woking Art Society, Surrey - best of 102 paintings

2017 Won a village Christmas card image competition - best of 21 entries

2017 Had painting Commended in Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (RI)'s fRIends inaugural painting competition.

2017 Successful mini solo exhibition at friend's Open Garden

2017 Elected to full Exhibiting Membership, Guildford Art Society, Surrey, UK, last year's runner-up in UK's The Artist magazine's inaugural national art society competition

2016 Exhibited in Chelsea Art Society annual exhibition, Chelsea, London, UK

2015 My article on how mindfulness can help artists is published in the November issue of UK's The Artist magazine.

2015 Elected Full Member of Woking Society of Arts, Surrey, UK

2013 Achieved digital pre-selection for RI (Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour) annual exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK

2010 Exhibited in Chelsea Art Society annual exhibition, Chelsea, London, UK

2009 Selected not hung, Chelsea Art Society annual exhibition, Chelsea, London, UK

2008 Exhibited in Chelsea Art Society annual exhibition, Chelsea, London, UK

2005-2007 Member of Hesketh Hubbard Art Society, life drawing at Mall Galleries, London, UK


BIOGRAPHY
I have had the privilege of learning from some of the world's top watercolour masters through residential workshops, usually plein air and open to anyone interested. I am grateful for their generosity in sharing what they know.

Here is a little about the artists I have chosen to study with. All are award-winning watercolourists and have themselves juried national shows, often multiple times. They are also inspiring and supportive teachers. You can easily find out more about each artist online. Most have produced educational books and DVDs.

CHARLES REID, American artist
I attended several plein-air workshops over a number of years. Charles Reid is academically trained so his teaching gives a reliable grounding in being a good basic painter. For example: think shapes in local tonal value and colour; connect and separate; remember to soften an edge. He is a master of clean bright colour, lots of white paper and giving watercolour its freedom. Flip through one of his books and you'll remember why you love watercolour.

STEPHEN QUILLER, American artist
Stephen Quiller's high impact watermedia paintings feature stong design in large areas of wonderful bold colour. He mostly paints the Colorado mountain area where he lives, sharing with us its remote beauty.

MEL STABIN, American artist
Mel Stabin's watercolours feature good design and gentle colour in large washes. He was for many years a top advertising creative in New York and his paintings demonstrate that ease of simple, immediate communication.

FRANK WEBB, American artist
Another widely-respected senior watercolourist with some unique techniques such as using patches of same-value-different-colour to cover an area, and a recognisable style with chunks of colour using flat brushes to dry glaze or work wet-in-wet.

PAUL BANNING, British artist
Paul Banning's understated style uses multiple glazes to achieve a soft, harmonious look that subtly ties together the many items that usually feature in his paintings.

JOYCE HICKS, American artist
A fresh new voice, Joyce Hicks has developed her own methods for painting landscapes, including shape-making techniques and use of greens. She also has good ideas for selective on-site sketching.