My name is Aine Divine, I am a portrait artist and art teacher from west Cork in Ireland originally, I now live outside Edinburgh where I teach, create art videos and paint in my garden studio.
I see watercolour as a dramatic and powerful medium, and particularly love to bring this energy portraiture. I featured on BBC's Star Portraits when Mo Mowlam selected my watercolour portrait of her to keep - and reached the final of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the year, lovely having Ian Mckellan as sitter in the final
It's this working from life that inspires me most, and what I most look forward to sharing with you here. I do hope you'll join me for this rare and delightful opportunity - a live hosted painting workshop, I'm certainly excited to deliver it.
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Carole is an accomplished all-rounder working in watercolour, water soluble pencils, acrylics, pastel, water based oils and mixed media. She was runner up in the Artist and Illustrator magazine in their "Artist of the Year" and is a best-selling author of books on how to use water soluble pencils, Drawing Masterclass and Drawing Portraits and figures in watercolours.
Damian is a practising figurative painter based in Edinburgh. He teaches drawing and painting classes for adults and art classes for children at his studio near Haymarket. In the spring and summer he runs landscape painting courses in and around Edinburgh. He is the author of two books, 'Paint Like Degas' and 'Paint Like Renoir'.
His work is exhibited widely in the UK and is held in collections across the world. He has written articles for Artist & Illustrators Magazine and The Artist Magazine and regularly demonstrates drawing and painting techniques at public events in Edinburgh.
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Mainly inspired by the wilder landscapes of mountain, Arctic and desert, David paints primarily in watercolour, and much of his work results from expeditions into the remote regions. He has written 20 books illustrated with his paintings and sketches, produced numerous DVDs, and presented his own series on television. David is also deeply concerned about the intense pressures on the countryside from developments, many of which threaten to destroy some of our finest landscapes.
Emily is a Special Effects BA Hons graduate of Wimbledon College of Art and has spent the best part of a decade in the Film and TV industry with one of the leading SFX companies in the UK. She is best known for her hyper-realistic props and puppets used in films such as Paddington 2 and In The Heart Of The Sea. Emily's passion is creating life-like Pet Portraits in acrylic and has used the knowledge from her time in Film to enhance her drawing and painting techniques.
International Award-winning artist Georgia Mansur grew up in California and moved to Australia in 1984. She is a certified International Golden Artist Educator and an International Ambassador for Daniel Smith Paints, creating the ‘Georgia Mansur Palette’ by Daniel Smith Paints, Seattle. She also has her own signature Georgia Mansur Brushes by Rosemary&Co Brushes in the UK.
Mansur travels and teaches about 8 months of the year and has been Artist in Residence at Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef, AIR at Cable Beach Broome, and teaches painting workshops all around Australia as well as around the world, including the USA, France, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Greece, Mexico, NZ and the UK. Georgia is well versed in all media but prefers painting in watermedia for ease of travel, clean up and immediate visual feedback.
Over the years Helga has taught a great variety of students: from primary and secondary education, through to prison rehabilitation programs and special needs education. In 2009 Helga set up an artistic daycare service for adults with special needs, where she also teaches mainstream adult education. Helga’s work has been displayed in several exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art in Brussels.
Having graduated with a 1st class honours degree in fine art and then taught as a primary school teacher, Ian has been a professional artist over the last 20 years. With a popular and unique style, Ian has featured in 12 solo shows, 50 group shows and currently has work exhibiting in over 30 Galleries across England and Scotland.
Jane is an accomplished watercolour artist and qualified adult education tutor whose inspiration is drawn from the landscape: from countryside to seaside. Jane has demonstrated at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Her book, Watercolours Unleashed, was a best seller. Dynamic Watercolours, her 2nd book, was published in November 2018 and is currently launching in China. Jane regularly holds workshops at her studios in both Ashby de la Zouch and St Ives.
John worked in education before concentrating on his artwork career. His inspiration comes from many sources such as coasts locations and rural landscapes around the UK. He adopts several different styles including a loose drawing and watercolour approach and an illustrative / naive style. He exhibits regularly in Bedfordshire and Suffolk and sells his work internationally online. His face-to-face workshops are often oversubscribed and he enjoys adopting an informal but honest view as to how he paints.
Brought up in an artistic environment Kay dabbled with many creative pastimes, but only found her real vocation with her free flowing water colour flower paintings. Having sold over 600 originals she remains enthusiastic about her painting and also really enjoys running workshops where painting skills vie for centre stage over the laughter!
Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan and currently lives in San Diego, California. Mostly self-taught, she embarked on a professional art career in 2005. Since then, her paintings have been in many national and international exhibitions, both juried and invitational, and gained world-wide recognition.
Keiko has frequently served as a juror in art exhibitions both on national and international levels. She has conducted more than 270 workshops around the world, has published several books and released 4 DVD’s. Keiko is a member of National Watercolor Society (signature), American Watercolor Society (signature), American Impressionist Society, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (signature) and is on the advisory board of the American Watercolor Weekly.
Liz works mainly in watercolour, but also experiments with printing techniques, particularly lino cutting. Her inspiration comes from animals and plants and she has been exhibiting work since 2009. A selection of her paintings are published by Artko, Artwall and Wraptious. Her first book, 'Painting watercolours on canvas' was published in 2019.
Margaret Glass is recognised as one of the leading Pastellists of today. She is a past Vice-President of La Société des Pastellistes de Françe and a member of the English Pastel Society. In 1992 she was awarded the title 'Maitre Pastellist' by La Société des Pastellistes de Françe, only the eleventh artist to receive this distinction. In recent year she has also built up a growing reputation as a talented oil painter, able to capture the light with the same facility as in her pastels.
A qualified architect from the University of Cracow, Michał became serious about painting in 2010 having organised several successful individual exhibitions of his work. He is now a signature Member of Association of Polish Watercolour Artists and has taken part in prestigious events across the globe. Articles about him have been published in The Art of Watercolour (En.), Pratique des Arts (Fr.) and Artysta i Sztuka (Pol.) among others. Elements of architecture frequently appear in his works, though they are never represented directly; they are usually part of a broader cultural landscape.
Nial is an Oil Painter, mostly of landscapes, in both realistic and impressionistic style. Mostly working on stretched canvas with traditional materials, Nial prefers the subtle tones and hues of, what could be described as, the Old Master palette.
Randy is a Colorado artist, workshop instructor, signature member, juror and has had the good fortune of being able to conduct workshops for painters throughout the US.
His introduction to watercolor came about as an undergraduate art major at Principia College above St. Louis where his mentor was James Green, an original member of a coterie of notable watercolourists coming out of Choinard and Art Center in Los Angeles during the the early 1930's. This group of painters were his close friends and had great influence upon his work. They included such notable names as Robert Woods, Rex Brandt, Barse Miller, Milford Zornes and Millard Sheets. Their distinct style has become known as the California school of watercolour.
Robert Dutton BA (Hons), worked for over 25 years as a professional Graphic Designer and Illustrator, before becoming a full time artist. His studio paintings maintain this ethos and his popular and accomplished award winning style has won many national awards and international acclaim. He is a UK Ambassador for Canson papers (France) and Nitram Charcoal (Canada), and is an associate artist for Derwent art materials (UK) and Unison Colour pastels (UK). Robert regularly contributes to ‘The Artist’ magazine and exhibits with ‘The Pastel Society’ and ‘The Society of Graphic Fine Art’ in London. He also teaches popular adult education classes, workshops and art holidays throughout the UK which are often over subscribed.
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Sarah has been teaching botanical watercolor for 30 years, both in the UK and the USA and is now Education Director for the Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration program at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens and is Founding Director of the New England Society of Botanical Artists. She has exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society, the Horticultural Society of New York, the New York Botanical Gardens and the Smithsonian Botanic Garden in Washington DC. She has won many awards for her artwork, which is included in numerous publications and collections internationally.
Stephie is an award winning artist with a passion for portraits, wildlife and Africa. She is a member of the Society of Women Artists, exhibiting regularly at the Mall Galleries and had work selected for the RI. Predominantly working in watercolour, she teaches internationally, which this year saw her teaching children in The Gambia, where she supports a charity. She regularly exhibits and having had solo shows both in the UK and USA. Her work is in private collections across the UK, USA, Europe and the UAE.
Sue has spent a lifetime teaching art in schools and colleges for all ages. She has demonstrated in art fairs and on TV breakfast shows. is a regular writer for art magazines and has been a guest art tutor for travel companies to India, S Africa, Zimbabwe, Italy and France. Her work has been exhibited in the Mall Galleries, the RA summer exhibition and wildlife exhibitions.
Sujit Sudhi is an artist who lives and works between Chicago, USA and Kochi, India. He specialises in painting landscapes and florals in watercolour, his favourite medium. He conducts workshops in North America, the Middle East and India has students from all over the world taking his online lessons. He has had solo and group shows in several cities in the USA, Italy, UAE and India. His work titled ‘Morning Light’ was featured in the prestigious ‘Splash - the best of watercolour’ which showcases the top 120 paintings by artists from all over the world.
Sylvia exhibits widely across the UK including galleries in London, Surrey, Neath, Wales and Bristol. One of her Japanese abstracts was hung in The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2009. She has held three solo exhibitions in Japan and in 2013 at her exhibition at Gallery Sakura, Nagoaka, 36 paintings were sold in three days.
A naturally talented artist. At the age of 16, Trevor won the National English School Portrait Competition. Having exhibited widely, he followed a post-graduate course in Figure drawing, while simultaneously lecturing in Art History. His work has been shown in several solo and group exhibitions nationally and he has sold all over the world, including Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Australia and the USA.
Tim is a leading artist, author and popular art tutor. Since the launch of his career Tim has won numerous awards for his art. He was a finalist in the Daily Mail "Not the Turner Prize" award, short listed from 12,000 entrants and had his pastel painting "Pink Hydrangeas" displayed in the Mall Gallery, London
One of ShopKeepArty's early featured artists, Toni teaches specialist crafts to adults, including Enamelling, Encaustic art, Silver Clay jewellery, Felt making and Flamework. She runs small classes from her Colchester workshop, as well as other venues in the UK.
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The Russian émigré came to the Unites States in the 1980s equipped with a classical art education from the Moscow School of Art and a Master’s Degree in architecture. Now a renowned watercolour and plein air artist, Vladislav has become a popular speaker and demonstrator at conventions in the United States, as well as a jury member and a judge of many national and regional watercolour and plein air competitions. His work has won numerous prominent awards including Best of Show, First Place, Collector’s Choice, The BoldBrush Awards and more.
Vladislav is an exhibiting member of many art societies nationwide, and a Signature member of prestigious American Impressionist Society, National Watercolor Society, and Florida Watercolor Society. His work has been widely represented in print media in the USA and Europe, including but not limited to the 2016 February issue of Watercolor Artist magazine (USA) which featured his painting “Royal Opera” on the front cover, the 2017 June/July issue of PleinAir Magazine (USA) and the 2018 March issue of Art of Watercolour (France).
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