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.
Al Kline is the President of the Watercolor Society of South Texas.
Originally born in Holland, Al moved to the United States as a young child and showed an interest in art at a young age. Al spent the majority of his professional life in the medical field. However, in 2017, he re-discovered the art of drawing and watercolor and was voted as president of the Watercolor Society of South Texas in 2018.
Through teaching, and now online instruction, he has gained international recognition as a watercolor artist. He has won numerous awards in both local and state-wide shows.
Amit Kapoor is an award winning watercolour artist in India, trained at The College of Art, New Delhi. He has been recognised with top International honours for his paintings and his art graces the walls of many private and corporate collectors.
He is the co-founder and Principal of Anitoons - The School Of Art And Animation; Editor of the International Watercolour Society Magazine and guest lecturer in many prestigious Art colleges. He has been interviewed by several International influential media and magazines and in 2013 he launched his first book “Amit Kapoor LANDSCAPES IN WATERCOLOR“. He is in constant demand for solo exhibitions, workshops and instruction, his art capturing the very soul of his subjects with passion.
Working primarily with calligraphy inks, graphite and liquids, such as tea, Griffiths’ fascination with drawing focuses on the creation and manipulation of the drawn line. Images explore human, geometric and floral forms, in a combination of both literal and abstract translation and in response to images and situations encountered in daily life.
Originally from Liverpool, Griffiths graduated from the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Maidstone in 1995. After moving to London he served an apprenticeship at the longest-established gold wire embroidery firm in the world. Here he worked as a designer for twelve years, eventually becoming the creative director. Carne produced intricate designs for the military and the film, theatre, fashion and advertising industries. His designs were used for the uniforms in the films Valkyrie, The Last King of Scotland, and in particular his ‘Red Death Coat’ was used in The Phantom of the Opera. Carne’s elaborate floral designs for Asprey were included in their first ever catwalk collection and his work was featured on the embroidered cover of the 80th Royal Variety Performance programme in 2008.
Since establishing his own studio in 2010, Carne has exhibited in the UK and overseas with work shown at the London Original Print Fair, the Royal Academy, Stroke Art Fair, Affordable Art Fair, the London Art Fair and with solo Exhibitions in Brighton, Hong Kong, Milan and an upcoming show in Hamburg. Carne's illustration work has seen him collaborate with the British photographer Rankin for a 6 page feature in Hunger magazine as well as featuring in publications worldwide, notably for several covers of the New York Observer, English Heritage magazine and for Brand projects including work for Microsoft, Derwent, Peroni, Lakes Distillery and Ibis Hotels.
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.
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.
David began his artistic journey studying Chinese Brush Painting in the United States and China. A decade later, he was introduced to Western style watercolour painting. Ever since, he has been hooked on watercolour painting, and has become a popular artist and instructor nationally and internationally, as well as a sought-after juror. David is the recipient of the Skyledge Award (the highest recognition awarded by the Transparent Watercolour Society of America), an award winner and signature member of the American Watercolour Society, signature member of the National Watercolour Society, and his work has earned him numerous “Best of Show” awards, signature memberships, showings in galleries and museums across the United States and abroad, and inclusion in publications including Fine Art Connoisseur, International Artist, and multiple editions of SPLASH – The Best of Watercolour.
With over 25 years of experience as a public school teacher, he is skilled at breaking down complex concepts and skills into easily learned chunks and now enjoys helping workshop participants find success with watercolour. As much as he loves to paint, he has found sharing his watercolour passion through instruction even more gratifying and he is most rewarded when he hears a frequent comment: “This is one of the best workshops I’ve ever taken.”
DERRIC VAN RENSBURG
Derric van Rensburg is an internationally renowned South African Impressionist Artist. He is well-known for his abstract wildlife’s and colourful landscapes of the Overberg, Hex River Valley and Cape Vineyards. After starting his career in watercolour, he transitioned to acrylic medium in 1989.
Since his first exhibition in Cape Town, South Africa in 1978, which sold out within days, Derric has exhibited in Portugal, England, Italy, Australia, Germany, and the US.
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.
Eugen was born in 1984 in a small town in the north of the Republic of Moldova.
His early interest in art was influenced by his father who was engaged in painting and photography. At the age of 11, Eugen entered the Children’s School of Fine Arts. During that time, he successfully participated in numerous national and international art competitions. In 2000 he moved to Chisinau to enter the Institute of Arts where he studied interior design and architecture. In 2007 he began to study the creativity of watercolour painters and developed a more serious relationship to watercolour painting.
In 2010 Eugen was invited as a guest of honour to the 4th Salon de l'Aquarelle du Haillan in France. In 2012 he graduated from the Academy of Arts in Chisinau, majoring in painting. Eugen currently spends time painting and teaching all over the world.
Fiona’s passion lies in painting landscapes in her distinctive and contemporary style. She works predominantly in oils using a palette knife, to capture the peace and tranquillity of the wild, natural places that she loves to discover.
Directly connected to these visits, Fiona creates paintings that transport people to a place of calm helping them to relax, unwind and find inner peace. She also loves to put her painting knives to good use creating expressive portraits of dogs and other animals.
Fiona's work has won wide and critical acclaim and can be found in collections both in the UK and internationally, including the USA, France, Malta, Australia and Switzerland.
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.
Grahame Booth paints only in watercolour and his success in the medium is reflected in the numerous national and international exhibition awards he has won over many years. Grahame clearly remembers the problems and frustrations of learning watercolour and he has been passing on lessons and techniques accumulated over more than 25 years that are proven to ease the way.
Grahame has produced two painting DVDs and he has written three books on watercolour techniques as well as contributing to many others. He writes regularly for Artists and Illustrators magazine and also has a strong online presence with online courses and almost 30000 subscribers to his YouTube painting channel. Each year he travels the world teaching watercolour workshops.
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.
A former piano major student from the Philippines, Iris has developed a passion for watercolour and soft pastels and regularly teaches floral and still life painting. She has participated in several group exhibits for watercolour in Asia as well as soft pastel group shows in the Philippines. Iris is known to be a generous teacher when it comes to sharing her experience and learnings in her own style of watercolour painting. Her affiliations include International Watercolour Society of the Philippines / Philippine Guild of Watercolorists, and Philippine Pastel Artists.
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.
Javid is an Iranian Master of watercolour excelling in landscape painting. The colours in his pieces are always vibrant and, along the superb use of contrast, lighting and shadows, he manages to recreate the scenes he paints in an evocative and mysterious key. Javid has won many prizes and his exhibitions have been held in many Countries all over the world including Russia, Albania, Switzerland and China. Javid holds workshops as a Watercolour teacher, and he is also one of the jurists for the International Watercolour competition.
Jayson Yeoh is a self-taught watercolour artist from Malaysia. He is an avid travel painter who spends his free time sketching during his travels. He has exhibited in both local and international shows and won several awards in International watercolour competitions. He has been a judge for IWS and his work has been published in the Watercolour Artist Magazine. Jayson is a member of The Malaysia Watercolour Society, Singapore Watercolour Society and the Penang Watercolour Society, and has recently been awarded Signature Status by the Missouri Watercolour Society, the National Watercolour Society, USA and the American Watercolour Society.
Award winning English watercolour artist Joe Dowden has drawn and painted from the age of six when he did his first plein air watercolour. Joe's landscape and marine paintings are in private, corporate and government collections around the world. His work hangs in Royal Palaces, Government Buildings and Public Institutions. He has authored books in many languages and worked for dozens of publishers globally. He has presented television programs, Videos, live streamed from major broadcasters and published on You Tube.
He has a strong, bright, and realistic style. His river paintings are achieved through abstract and creative processes, his hope being to recreate the way the mind sees things. His paintings have no narrative. They are purely about the act of seeing. Many of his paintings feature the rivers and lanes of his native Surrey Hills in England.
John is an established New Zealand artist of over 50 years and displayed an interest in art during his early school years. Having trained as a teacher, his passion for art took over and he became a full time artist. John holds many award winning exhibitions, undertakes commissions and has taught art in New Zealand, Australia and the USA.
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.
John is a graduate of Architecture from Bath University who then went on to build technology platforms rather than buildings! He's always been passionate about education. Having sold study guides in the US, he built and sold a lesson-plan sharing platform to Microsoft in 2004 before creating the World's first online uniform business in 2005 with the co-founders of ASOS.
With a keen interest in the creative arts, John built the ShopKeepEasy platform to help encourage business enterprise at schools and throughout communities. It has helped raise money for those who use it - including artists - and since its inception, has paid out over £700,000 which he is very proud of.
John is usually the host of our Arty Class webinars, where he attempts to hold things together. Just about!
Katy Rundle is a professional textile artist who works from a studio in Hampshire, UK. Her art is not what it first seems. Created from fabric collage and free motion embroidery, from distance it can be mistaken for painting, but NO paint is used. Everything Katy does celebrates life, taking inspiration from the world around her, with the use of vibrant fabrics and stitch. Her art is unique, uplifting, and joyful. Katy appeared in Landscape Artist of the year in 2018. She has exhibited her work in London and Windsor and her art has sold widely, being owned in UK, Canada, and across USA.
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.
Les spent much of his life as a Freelance Graphic Designer and Musician and only really took the plunge into professional Art in his late 40's after discovering the Pastel Medium.
He became the first Ambassador for Canson Papers in the UK representing them at all major Art shows and is also an Associate artist for Unison Pastels and Panpastel plus and associate member of the "Pastel Society of America".
Les specialises in teaching the Art of painting, creating light, energy and movement in painting, avoiding accurate representation and aim to help students find a freedom of mark making to aid development as an individual artist.
Les produced his first book last year and has a YouTube Channel with over 1.4 Million views so far and 14,000 subscribers. He has a passion for pastels and loves to teach students his techniques and share the knowledge he has gained so far.
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.
Megha Kapoor is internationally known for her watercolour Floral paintings. In 2006 she graduated in Applied arts from Jamia Millia Islamia, Fine arts Faculty, New Delhi. In 2007 she started working as an Art Instructor at Anitoons, the School of Art and Animation and she is now the Head of the B.F.A Department at Anitoons.
In addition to conducting classes at Anitoons, she conducts lectures and workshops in Watercolours, travelling around the world at the invitation of institutions supporting fine arts. She has participated in more than 100 Art exhibitions in India and abroad and has been invited to various prestigious Art festivals. Her works are being covered by various prestigious magazines such as Art of Watercolour, Artonomics, IWS magazine and many more.
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.
Sky Landscape Artist of the Year Semi Finalist Paul Alcock studied fine art at the Camberwell School of Art in the UK. Living on the Thames Estuary in the UK, Paul's oil paintings have been based on his experiences of the world around him, aiming to create art works that are a lively response to his surroundings and which celebrate being alive, painting from direct observation as much as possible.
As well as teaching both in workshops and on painting holidays, Paul takes part in a huge number of exhibitions.
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.
Ryno Swart is founder and leader of romantic figurative art in South Africa. After working in film storyboarding, Ryno travelled to Paris to learn his love of painting. Upon returning to Johannesburg, he spent four years painting at a ballet company, training his eye and hand in unison with the dancers training their bodies. In his paintings there is a sense of truth and respect that gives depth, dignity and beauty and as a teacher he shares the ideas and concepts that has formed his own art and philosophy over many years.
In Ryno's work there is always one simple message: "This I see, This I love".
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
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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