OUR ARTISTS

Whether you join our online Live Events or immerse yourself in our Video Library, find out more about our leading artists below.

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AGUS BUDIYANTO

Born in 1960, Agus Budiyanto always wanted his paintings to appear differently from what is the common rule, both in terms of size as well as in the mastery of techniques.

 

He has participated in 17 solo exhibitions and participated in more than 55 group exhibitions around the world. Agus has won many art awards including The Best Artist of South Jakarta five times and is a long standing member of the  Indonesia Watercolour Society. In 2010 Agus launched his art book “AquarEvolution”

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AINE DIVINE

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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ALEX TOLSTOY

Alex Tolstoy is a watercolour artist from Virginia who went astray. Her paintings usually have a germ of reality but then deteriorate into something blurry and abstract where the viewer supplied most of a missing picture. Animals pop in and out of a mist of lost edges, buildings simplify into lines. Perhaps Dr, Tolstoy's previous list as a mathematician was an omen of things to come, she just cannot stay within the lines now!

 

Alex has won awards, had articles published about her work, given demonstrations, and has been in over 160 exhibitions with over a dozen solo or semi-solo shows since 2013. She is a member of numerous societies, both local and national and her work is in private and corporate collection (such as the Ritz-Carlton) and is distributed throughout the US, Great Britain, Canada, Japan and the US embassy in Barbados. 

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AL KLINE

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.  

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AMID EL HADDAD

Moroccan born Amid El Haddad studied at the school of fine arts in Brussels and it was here that watercolour became his favourite medium for rendering.

 

Faithful to the tradition of Impressionist painters, Amid is an avid Plein-Air painter, producing the majority of his work outdoors. This has helped, over the years, to develop a narrative and scenographic style, which infuse a characteristic story into each painting.

 

Amid's current activity as a teacher and a tutor helps him to verbalise and share his craft, helping him to express his feelings more accurately and making his inner voice tangible.

 

Throughout the years, Amid has developed a relationship of spirituality towards watercolour. He considers the medium not as a tool, but respect and interact with it as a partner with its own pace and life cycle.

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AMIT KAPOOR

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.

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ANNE CREMER,
SKA CO-HOST

My background is in teaching and I’ve been a qualified remedial therapist for over 30 years.  My last job was in helping non-English speaking teenagers to improve their reading, comprehension and spelling and to improve their vocabulary.  Not the type of remediation I was trained for, since my training was for dyslexic children and those with related learning disabilities, but a venture I’ve really enjoyed.

Many years ago I taught children to play the classical guitar and to sing folk songs to accompany themselves.  My claim to fame is that one of my pupils later turned professional and formed a group (Little Sister) which became well known in South Africa and is still functioning.

I have been doing Botanical painting for about 6 years, which I got into when my younger daughter gave me an online Botanical painting course as a gift.  I haven’t looked back!  Before that I dabbled in oil painting and painted a few scenes from South Africa and Swaziland (now called Eswatini).  I love Botanical painting but am hoping to learn more about painting landscapes through seeing artists presenting their workshops.

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ANTONIO BARTOLO

Currently, Antonio lives in Torres Vedras, Portugal. Throughout his career he has participated in several exhibitions both collective and individual in Portugal and abroad. António had his watercolours exhibited in France, Spain, Canada, Belgium, Greece, Morocco, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Czech Republic, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, China, Pakistan, USA and Switzerland.

 

Besides being and artist he also gives workshops and watercolour classes. António Bártolo is both IWS Portugal Country leader and IWS board member.

António has collaborated in several watercolour related projects:
Encontro Internacional de Aguarela de Santa Cruz; International Watercolour Meeting of Caldas da Rainha; Portugal country leader in Inarte Fabriano in Aquarello – Italy. He has also been publicised in several publications: “Balade poétique” by request of Villenave d’Ornon city Hall– France; “Diário de uma Cidade” by request Torres Vedras City Hall.


António Bártolo is represented in several public collections in Portugal and abroad: C.M.Torres Vedras, CCC Caldas da Rainha, CCC Torres Vedras, A.M.I. (ONG), Fórum Telecom, Toitorres S.A., Impoeste S.A., Hotel Albatroz, Hotel Altis, Strumica cultural House – Macedonia, Museo Nacional de la Acuarela Alfredo Guati Rojo and Museo Internazionale dell'Acquarello, Fabriano – Italy, Lowell Senior High School – Indiana, USA.

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BARRY HERNIMAN

Barry Herniman is a full time artist from England and has been painting landscapes and seascapes for many years both in the studio and ‘en plein air’. His favourite medium is watercolour, its immediacy and transparency he believes is hard to beat and he never tires of watching the colours mix and mingle on the paper. Barry thinks there are few things more challenging and exciting than painting and sketching in front of my chosen subjects whether it be in the heart of the country, perched on a coastal cliff or in a busy city.

A tutor for over 20 years, Barry delights from watching students produce their own exciting works of art and he has  travelled extensively both at home and abroad doing demonstrations, tutoring workshops and painting holidays. Barry regularly writes articles for the Artist magazine and has designed and produced his own lightweight ‘Cloverleaf Paintbox’ which is on sale worldwide.

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BROOKE RICHARDS

Brooke Richards lives in Georgia in the Untied States. She lives with her daughter and lots of pets, including a lizard named Vinnie Van Gogh. 

 

She has been an art educator for over 20 years. She has taught both teenagers and adults in a variety of art media and techniques. Although she loves teaching high school, she truly loves teaching adult art classes. In teaching both types of students, she seeks to show every student that they have their own voice. She believes that art has healing powers and hopes that her classes and workshops give individuals the freedom to learn new things and to express themselves.

 

Brooke has explored many art styles and techniques. In the past several years, she has renewed her love of working with watercolor and collage. She enjoys working with vintage photographs, found papers, and hand-painted papers. In each piece she works to tell a short story based on personal memories and handed-down stories based on her family.  In telling layered stories, she enjoys working with lots of layers in her pieces and a variety of media. 

 

Brooke’s classes will provided ideas and techniques to help you tell your own stories.

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CARNE GRIFFITHS

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.

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CAROLE MASSEY

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.

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CATHERINE BEALE

Catherine Beale is a painter specialising in super-vibrant, “gravity painted” experimental watercolours! 

 

Catherine's artistic practice began in Singapore in the 1990s which has influenced her use of strong colours. Since her return to the UK in 2006 she has been taken by the Cotswold countryside around her hillside studio - its mists and woods. Catherine's home borders the Heritage City of Bath whose graceful Regency buildings, bridges and canal are another major source of inspiration. 

 

Catherine strives to convey the quality of light with the excitement of “fast and loose" watercolours. New pigments are like ink in their intensity and can be applied onto all sorts of surfaces. By dropping running paint into water, Catherine mingle hues together, encouraging their natural tendency to channel across the surface like rivers and create subtle water marks.

 

Catherine has been told her demonstrations are friendly, enthusiastic and generous with information. She is an SAA registered tutor and elected member of the Society of Women Artists. Catherine's watercolour portraits have exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society and Institute of Painters in Watercolours.

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DAMIAN CALLAN

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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DAVID BELLAMY

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.

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DAVID R.SMITH

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.”

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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.

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ELINOR CARLETON-SMITH

Elinor Carleton-Smith has been painting since her mid twenties having spent four years at the Heatherley School of Art in Pimlico in London, UK, studying under Helen Wilson, Carl Cheek and David Ufland.

 

Elinor has participated in many solo and mixed exhibitions in Europe and the States and her paintings are in private collections internationally.


Elinor emigrated to Cape Town in 1993 and has a studio in Kenilworth. Elinor finds the almost constant sun and beautiful South African landscapes an artist's blessing.

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EMILY POOLEY

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. 

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EUGEN CHISNICEAN

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.

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FABIANA RIBEIRO,
SKA CO-HOST

I am from Brazil, but lived in Portugal during my PhD in Psychology. I now live in Luxembourg because I work at the University of Luxembourg. I have always tried to study the effects of art on cognition and emotion. For instance, the impact of doing art, listen to music and study music. I taught in Brazilian and Portuguese universities.


I am a psychologist who loves art, and drawing is really natural for me I do this since I was a child. When I was a teenager, I learned to paint with oil painting, and only about four years ago, I started with watercolour. My story with watercolour started because I used to be a volunteer in a shelter for abandoned dogs and started painting pets to raise money for the shelter, and then I never stopped. I studied botanical illustration at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and I had tutoring of watercolour with Jem Bowden. Now I am part of some communities that try to bring knowledge about endangered species with art.


I speak Portuguese, English, as well as a bit of Italian, Spanish and French.

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FAUZIA SHABNAM

Fauzia is the first artist from Bangladesh to have her work selected and exhibited by the Royal Institute watercolour society in 2019, at the Mall Galleries UK.

 

Understanding both nature and art as complimentary fractions, Fauzia draws her  inspiration from botanicals and florals as much like the sacrificial flower she wants to spread happiness amongst the art community and the globe.

Since holding her first solo art exhibition in 1995, Fauzia has come a long way making her mark in the contemporary art world with recognition and awards for art excellence from UNICEF. 

As an enthusiast dreamer, Fauzia aims to take the local art scene to International levels and has also laid the foundation of her very own exclusive Art Hub and Studio "La Mermaid Gallery".

The foundation of this HUB is from where she plans to influence young artists and art lovers. In order to help foster the same enthusiasm that she has for the artistic world, this exclusive Gallery will promote and enrich the art scene of Bangladesh through global eyes.

Fauzia is the official brand ambassador for Daniel Smith and Da Vinci brushes, in Bangladesh and its regional countries.

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FIONA HOOPER

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.

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GRAHAME BOOTH

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.

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HAZEL MURRAY,
SKA CO-HOST

Hazel is one of our co-hosts, ensuring that her live shows with artists run smoothly - whether in English or Italian.

 

Hazel moved to Tuscany almost fifteen years ago, after working at Sky News for thirteen years as a Weather Presenter. Before that she spent five years as Flying eye for Capital Radio, during which time her book, ‘Capital City – Focus from the Flying Eye’ was published.


An avid tennis fan, she was once a line judge, umpire and journalist, with fond memories of Wimbledon in particular.


Also, a keen gardener, she created a Tuscan garden entitled ‘The View to a Future Garden’ for Chelsea Flower Show in 2003, and won the award for Best Courtyard Garden in Show.


Whilst researching and collecting bits and bobs for that garden in Tuscany, she ended up buying a house in Cortona, where she has lived full time since 2006.
She is a volunteer at her local stray dogs’ home, and although she already had 3 cats, somehow ended up with four beloved dogs as well, two of which she raised from just two days old.


Her other main activity is painting which she took up when she first arrived in Italy and describes herself as a ‘serious amateur’.

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HELGA PICKNELL-VELKENIERS

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.

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HOWARD JONES

Howard Jones is a full time teaching artist with well over 2000 hours experience in live situation tutoring.

 

Howard has painted, sketched and studied art since his childhood and would describe his style as impressionistic, with a leaning towards abstract.

 

His own artistic abilities have been and continue to be well endorsed by a wealth of successful exhibitions. In 2019, Howard was chosen as one of just four Welsh artists to represent his country at the Slager Gallery in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

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IAN FENNELLY

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.

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IRIS BABAO-UY

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.

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JANE BETTERIDGE

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.

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JAVID TABATABAIE

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.

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JAYSON YEOH

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.

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JOE DOWDEN

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.

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JOHN CRUMP

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. 

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JOHN DEVITT

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.

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JOHN HARRISON,
SKA CO-HOST

John is a trained Architect from Bath University who then went on to build technology platforms rather than buildings! He's always been passionate about education and creativity. 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 school uniform business in 2005 with the co-founders of ASOS.

 

With a keen interest in creativity and the arts, John built the ShopKeepEasy platform to help encourage business enterprise at schools (such as the Brit School and the UK's secondary school of the year) as well as throughout communities (such as Greater London Scouts). It has helped raise money for communities that use it - from local government initiatives, sports and arts societies and small businesses. Since its inception, we have helped raise around £1m for worthwhile causes - which he and his team are very proud of.

John is one of the hosts of our Arty webinars, where he attempts to hold things together and make it a fun, educational experience for those watching.

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John (Jack) Muir Laws

John (Jack) Muir Laws is a principal leader and innovator of the worldwide nature journaling movement. Jack is a scientist, educator, and author, who helps people forge a deeper and more personal connection with nature through keeping illustrated nature journals and understanding science.

 

His work intersects science, art, and mindfulness. Trained as a wildlife biologist and an associate of the California Academy of Sciences, he observes the world with rigorous attention. He looks for mysteries, plays with ideas, and seeks connections in all he sees. Attention, observation, curiosity, and creative thinking are not gifts, but skills that grow with training and deliberate practice. As an educator and author, Jack teaches techniques and supports routines that develop these skills to make them a part of everyday life.

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KATY RUNDLE

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.

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KAY ELLIOTT

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!

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KEIKO TANABE

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.

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LASZLO ZSOKA

Laszlo Zsoka was born in Hungary in 1991 and studied at the University of Fine Arts in Budapest in 2015, graduating in 2021. Laszlo's passion lies in painting people, cafés and crowded streets but enjoys painting everything and uses a fresh dynamic mode, his style being influenced by numerous artists he admires 

 

Laszlo has experience of teaching art classes at both the Modul Art Academy and at the Art school Az Asztalom. Laszlo has held successful solo exhibitions in Budapest and has taken part in the Fabriano in Aquarello International Watercolour exhibition, the 4th Watercolour Biennale in Belgrade exhibition and in the 22nd Hungarian Landscape Biennale Exhibitions where he took 3rd place. Laszlo also organises many Art camps, like Zamárdi Art Camp and Anna Grand Hotel Art Camp.

 

From 2020, the largest Hungarian art supplier became Laszlo's official partner, where he has designed his own watercolour paper block under the name of Munkácsy brand.

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LES DARLOW

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.

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LILIAN ARBEX

As a Brazilian Contemporary Artist, Lilian has developed a career as a watercolourist, an experimental engraving and biochemist artist for the last two decades. She works as a watercolour teacher and is reponsible for the International Watercolor Society as a Country Head - Brazil and has played a significant role as Cultural Director of ABA - Associação Brasileira de Aquarela e da Arte sobre Papel.

Her artworks are part of private, corporate and governmental institutions’ collections as well as museums in São Paulo State (Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo), Rio de Janeiro State (Biblioteca Nacional do Rio de Janeiro) and International Watercolor Museum in Fabriano, Italy.

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LIZ CHADERTON

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.

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MARGARET GLASS

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.

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MARVIN CHEW

Originally from Malaysia, Marvin is a watercolour artist based in Singapore and has been teaching workshops for 10 years. Marvin is well known for his vibrant watercolours depicting rural villages and urbanscapes of South East Asia. He has held many solo exhibitions in Singapore and participated in many shows both locally and internationally such as the International Watercolour Masters in the UK.

 

Marvin's works have featured in art books and magazines such as Splash 17 and 19 and The Art of Watercolour and his paintings can be found in private and corporate collections globally.

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MEGHA KAPOOR

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.

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MICHAL JASIEWICZ

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.

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NIAL ADAMS

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.

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NISHA SEHJPAL,
SKA CO-HOST

Nisha describes herself as an IT engineer who is student of watercolor and a professional art supplies hoarder.

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PABLO RUBEN

Pablo Rubén López Sanz is a watercolour artist from Madrid Spain who has dedicated himself professionally to painting for more than 20 years. Pablo combines his teaching of the fine arts with exhibitions, festivals and competitions, in which he has obtained over 500 national and international awards. Pablo travels all over the world to teach watercolour courses from Los Angeles to Moscow, from France to Brazil to name but a few and closer to home he teaches at the ABC Museum in Madrid and in his studio in Griñón.

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PAUL ALCOCK

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.

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PETER CRONIN

A self taught artist living in South Wales, who turned professional in 2003 after a twenty year career in structural engineering.

 

He has always had an awe and fascination with the natural environment and working on site in front of the subject has played a large part in the evolution of his style.

 

The inspiration for his work varies from season to season but the weather and mood of the day are always the main aim of a painting.

 

Most of his work is carried out in pure Watercolour, giving the
luminosity of the medium full prominence and he also paints in Oils.

 

He is a full member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. (Council Member); The Royal Watercolour Society of Wales; The Pure Watercolour Society. Peter was also awarded the R.K. Burt & co. award for the best work on paper at the 2018 R.S.M.A show at the Mall Galleries London.

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PIETRO MAINENTI,
SKA CO-HOST

By day, Pietro is a dentist with a specialisation in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Rio de Janeiro. He has a Masters and PhD degree in Oral Pathology and teaches pathology at a Medicine Faculty in Brazil.

As a child, he discovered a passion for drawing. His parents always gave him art materials. However, as he focussed on his professional life, his focus on art dwindled.

 

In 2018, after receiving a mixed set of art materials from one of his sisters, he rediscovered his taste for art. He is fond of soft and oil pastels, water-soluble
materials, gouache and Posca pens. Recently he started studying Sumi-e (traditional Japanese painting).

 

Pietro speaks Portuguese, English and a little Italian.

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RAJAT SUBHRA BANDOPADHYAY

Rajat was born in the famous Steel City of Jamshedpur, famous for its art, crafts and dancing. Colours and painting played an important part in his life from a very early age and he pursued arts with graduation from Government College of Arts and Crafts (GCAC) Kolkata with his debut art show in 1994 at the Chitra Kala Parishad in Bangalore.

Rajat focuses on watercolour and his speciality and strength depicts nature, landscapes and scenes from the environment. Rajat hopes that his art and its messages will  draw his followers into a place of balance with mother nature. His brush strokes draw and colour nature that was and nature that is using his brush strokes with maturity and growth both spiritually and mentally with much emphasis on texture, each different form having a different flavour, beauty and texture.

Rajat represents India as it's country leader for FabrianoIn Acquerello, Italy, head of In Watercolour India as well as the Global Brand Ambassador for Daniel Smith Watercolour, USA. Rajat works as a progressive art promoter, teacher and enthusiast for all who are looking for direction in this vast industry.

Rajat's philosophy much like nature is : "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. May we all prosper and grow together now and forever."

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RAMESH JHAWAR

Ramesh works as a full time artist in Erode, India.  He was born into a business family and thus business was the obvious choice of profession so he graduated in Commerce. However mid-way in his college days, the art bug caught up with him and that changed the entire course of his life. 

Ramesh has experimented with various mediums but his beloved medium is watercolour. His paintings are rooted in the impressionistic realism depicting people, places, seasons and times of the day as they actually appear. He has travelled all over India capturing the country's diverse population and landscape in his exquisite paintings.

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RANDY HALE

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.

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RENATO PALMUTI

Renato Palmuti is a fine artist, illustrator and designer from São Paulo, Brazil.

Renato started his artistic career working as an illustrator and art director in several advertising agencies and founded his own studio in 2005. His studies and personal works took him to a more artistic approach in his process, mainly with the consistent practice of the watercolour technique which he incorporated in his illustration projects, studies with life models and in his work of personal expression.

Today, in addition to illustration, he works as a visual artist, and teaches courses and workshops on drawing and watercolour painting to companies, groups and institutions related to art and culture. He is an international instructor for Urban Sketchers and Brazilian co-representative of the International Watercolour Society.

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ROBERT DUTTON

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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RYNO SWART

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".

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SARAH ROCHE

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.

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STEPHIE BUTLER

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.

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SUE TAYLOR

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.

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SUJIT SUDHI

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.

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SYLVIA PAUL

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.

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TIM FISHER

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

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TONI PEERS

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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VEE JOSLYN,
SKA CO-HOST

Born and raised in Kenya, Veronica grew up and still lives in the Rift Valley, a richly diverse environment with wildlife, lakes, mountains and savannah which has fostered her love of nature, art and colour. She has painted and drawn since childhood and first exhibited her work when she was 17.  Her preferred mediums are charcoal, inks and acrylics, loving the drama of black and white but also the vibrancy of ink and acrylic. In 2014, one of her paintings was shortlisted for the finals of the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the year competition.


Over the years Veronica has worked with metal and wood as well as making speciality papers from local plants. These days she home educates her children and when time permits, paints, draws, sews, and creates novelty and special occasion cakes.

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VLADISLAV YELISEYEV

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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WILLIE SCHLECHTER

Willie Schlechter was born in 1982 in Joubertina, South Africa and attended the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Stellenbosch. In 2004 he received a BA FA (Fine Art) degree and subsequently an MPhil VA (Illustration) degree in 2008. At this time, he started teaching Visual Art and Design at Stellenberg High School in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. At the end of 2016 he resigned in order to focus on his career as a visual artist.

 

During the course of his studies Willie worked in various mediums and techniques, from painting and printmaking to photography and film. However, his love for painting and realism was most encouraged while doing a watercolour course in botanical illustration by Vicki Thomas as part of his postgraduate studies. Since then he has worked mainly in watercolour within the genre of botanical art, and have received awards at various events, including the Kirstenbosch Botanical biennale, Cape Town (2010 - bronze, 2013 - bronze); World Orchid Conference, Pretoria (2015 - merit) and Botalia, Painted Flora, Lucca (2010 - silver).

 

In March 2019, Willie had his first botanical art solo at the Woordfees festival in Stellenbosch, titled Uproot. The works explored some of the plants that played a role in (mis)shaping the socio-political and cultural landscape of the Cape.  

 

Willie depicts plants as "portraits". He approaches the subject matter as he does the human figure, with a definite, yet delicate analytical investigation, while at the same time aiming to capture the personality and essence of the plant.

 

His botanical paintings are digitally reproduced and manufactured into a collection of interior products that include fabrics, scatter cushions, tablecloths, wallpapers, ceramics and art prints. His work is included in the Grootbos Florilegium, and he is a committee member of BAASA (Botanical Artists Association of South Africa).

 

Willie is currently teaching Visual Art at the PJ Olivier Art Centre in Stellenbosch.

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