Ian Mc Manus - Feb 18 2020


  Ian Mc Manus : A Marine Scene in       Watercolour

Ian is a professional Watercolour Artist. He started painting in watercolour some 30 years ago having originally painted in oils. He now works with watercolour only and has had work pre-selected for the RI.

He is a full member of the Institute of East Anglian Artists based in Norfolk and has held 9 solo exhibitions at the picture craft gallery in Holt.

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Mike Rollins - 21st Jan 2020


Mike Rollins: City Scape in Acrylics

Mike is a painter of rural and urban landscapes

based in Hitchin. His style is a mixture of

traditional and expressive techniques in

a variety of media, but predominantly acrylic



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Paul Fullstone - 17 Dec 2019


Paul Fullstone : A Watercolour Landscape

Paul is a self- taught amateur artist who has been painting for about 15 years.

It was something always on his bucket list of things to try and since retiring is now a full time passion and he paints whenever he can.

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Paul Nicholson : The History of Graffitti

Paul has a degree in Fine Art and many years of experience of teaching Art in schools and community arts settings. He became interested in Graffitti back in the mid-1980s when it first appeared in Covent Garden and has been photographing its development ever since, in recent years on a weekly basis. Paul also runs occasional street art and graffiti tours of the ever changing walls of Shoreditch and Brick Lane. This was a really interesting slide show – no photos available.

19 November 2019


Tim Fisher - 15 Oct 2019


Tim Fisher : Tunstall in Suffolk

pen and wash

Tim was last with our society in March 2017 demonstrating a Stamford Street scene in line and wash. He is a leading artist, author and popular art tutor. He became a professional artist in 2000, following a successful career in research for an international company. Since the launch of his art career Tim has won numerous art awards.

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Hashim Akib - 17 Sept 2019


Hashim Akib : People in Acrylics

Hashim  is a firm favourite with our Society and was last
 with us on August 21st 2018 when he demonstrated a sunny
street scene in acrylic. Please refer to that summary of his
career so far and also descriptions of his technique, materials
etc. As ever he was energetic, full of tips and advice, very
skilful and very entertaining to watch.

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Carole Massey - 16 July 2019


Carole Massey : Bluebell Wood in mixed media

Carole  lives in Suffolk and is a professional artist, accomplished in painting both landscapes and portraits in watercolours, pastels, and acrylics. She is an experienced tutor and demonstrator and has also led many courses in East Anglia and painting holidays in Europe.

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Karen Thomas - 18 June 2019


Karen Thomas : Animals in Graphite 

Karen Thomas has worked within art for 30 years. She has illustrated books and worked on private commissions in England and the West Coast of Ireland where she has lived for 10 years.

Karen specialises in drawing animals with graphite and has only recently begun to exhibit her work. She enjoys creating large wall art as by working at this large scale she enjoys the feeling of almost being absorbed by the page and the connection with the process.

     The Weatherley Centre, Biggleswade

James Willis  21 May 2019


James Willis trained at The University of Chester studying Fine Art and Music and at the University of London where he gained an MA in History of Art. He is well known for his architectural paintings and has a new exhibition which opened last Thursday 16th May at The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. It features 25 new watercolours of Greenwich and Venice.


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Prof. Anthony Slinn, 21 Mar 2019


Prof. Anthony Slinn and his twin brother were born
 in June 1937. He attended King’s Worcester Boarding
School but had to leave as his father was ill.
He then went to St Helen’s Art School, followed by
The Regional College of Art in Liverpool and then
the Slade School of Art in London. It was here that
Professor Ernst Gombrich instructed students in the
History of art; he is famous for his valuable
book The Story of Art.

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Marie Antoniou, 19 Feb 2019



Artist and tutor Marie Antoniou has been painting most of her life. She is well known for her unique depiction of wildlife which has earned her numerous awards and accolades. Marie is a great champion of acrylics which allow her to explore traditional subject matter with a more contemporary approach to painting.

She is represented by several galleries and her paintings are part of many private collections.

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Stan Hurr, 15 Jan 2019


Stan Hurr has been a full time professional artist since 1980 doing all kinds of different artwork including: magazine illustration; murals; figurative and landscape painting and live performance as a caricaturist at many functions producing thousands of portraits over the years. But, the thing that he loves best is to draw from life, from a person sitting in front of him. He says that from now until he kicks the proverbial bucket or is unable to work, he will try to draw as many people as he can.

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David Hyde, 18 Dec. 2018


David Hyde is a Professional Associate Member of the SAA where he has been part of the ‘Artist of the Year’ judging panel for the last 8 years. He has painted since childhood, written a book and several magazine articles as well as featuring on the Painting and Drawing TV channel. These demonstrations can still be seen on You Tube.

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 John normally uses Bockingford paper, sometimes Arches 90lb stretched, but on this occasion chose Saunders Waterford Rough 240lb, not stretched. He uses Windsor colours as they are vibrant, bright and transparent due to synthetic dyes, for instance he uses Windsor Green for pops of colour in urban scenes like shop doors though will mix it for landscape topics. Some colours are more transparent than others such as the earthy ones, ultra marine is opaque though application obviously affects this ie amount of water used

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John Tookey, 20 Nov. 2018



Robert Newcombe  : Venice in pen and watercolour wash

Robert Newcombe has been painting in watercolours for over 30 years. In 2000 he was a regional finalist on Channel 4’s Watercolour Challenge and has had numerous articles in Leisure Painter, Britain’s most popular painting publication. His book Robert Newcombe’s  5 C’s of Painting is very popular.

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Robert Newcombe, 16 Oct 2018


Fiona Pruden, 18 Sept 2018


Fiona Pruden - Autumn in the Lake District

From traditional to contemporary, realism to abstraction and representational to interpretational, Fiona has spent her career developing a painting style and approach which is Wickedly Simple! She trained as a traditional watercolourist but these days loves to experiment and find new things to do and ways to use watercolours. 

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Hashim worked as an illustrator for over 15 years and gradually began developing his own personal paintings too. He started to exhibit, demonstrate and run painting workshops and  has steadily built on this. He is now a represented artist with galleries in London, Colchester, Surrey, Cheshire and he has won numerous awards.

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Hashim Akib, 21 Aug 2018


 ‘Constable Country’ in Watercolour

 Geoff is a well known tutor and demonstrator who last visited our Society in July last year. On this occasion he chose to paint Dedham Vale with a church tower and water meadows in
watercolour. This he compares to playing chess in so far as it requires a lot of thinking ahead!
Geoff advises using good quality paper, paints and brushes with plenty of water.

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Geoff Thorpe, July 17th 2018


Jane Rhodes, June 19th 2018


 Jane was born and raised in Bedfordshire and attended Kingston College of Art on leaving school. She stopped painting to have a family but once her children had grown up she started again and in no time it became an almost full time obsession. She is best known for her atmospheric depictions of seascapes, landscapes and more recently urban scenes. She works in various media but has always enjoyed the immediacy and expressive quality of pastels. She found watercolours ‘bland’ and prone to going wrong easily.

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John Glover, May 15th 2018


John Glover: Summer Hay Bales – oil and knife

John attended the Glasgow School of Art from 1963-67 where he gained a Diploma in Art and then studied for an Art Teacher’s Certificate at Jordanhill College of Further Education from 1967-68.

From 1968-1980 he was a freelance book illustrator in London for publishers including Evans Bros, Hamlyns, Oxford University Press, and Macmillans. Following this he concentrated on portraits and landscapes and in 1992 he gained an Open University BA Degree.

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James Willis, March 20th 2018


James Willis is an artist and art historian from Hitchin. He has been painting ever since he was given oil paints at the age of 7. His work includes landscapes, figures and occasional portraits but his real love is architecture which he developed when resident artist at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London. He is most well-known for his large panoramic cityscapes.

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  Ian Davy Brown, 20 Feb 2018 
  A newcomer to our Society, Ian  demonstrated 
a “boat scene” using watercolour

  Peter Keegan, 16 Jan 2018

Peter Keegan is a professional artist living and working in Buckinghamshire, UK, specialising in portraiture. Working in oils, Peter follows traditional techniques but uses them to depict people in a modern and original style. His aim in portraiture is to always create a painting or drawing that reflects the subject’s likeness and personality, as well as capturing those special elements which make the subject truly “them”.

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  Norman Rossiter, 19 Dec 2017


Norman Rossiter was born in 1950 in Torquay, South Devon and spent most of his childhood watching and drawing local flora and fauna. He exhibited his first painting at the age of twelve. Moving to the East Midlands after leaving college he worked within the advertising and display industry for sixteen years. In 1986 he became a freelance designer/illustrator and artist. In 1990 Norman decided to dedicate all his efforts to painting and what he loved most….wildlife and the countryside.

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Hashim Akib, 21 Nov 2017 (detail)


Working as an illustrator for over 15 years, Hashim gained valuable experience in developing a backbone of drawing, conceptual ideas and painting techniques. His client list varied from The Times, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Time Magazine an advertising campaign for Smirnoff and a stamp for the Royal Mail. Having left illustration behind he became more interested in developing his own paintings and started exhibiting, demonstrating and running painting workshops.

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        Carole Massey, 17 Oct 2017 

Carole lives in Suffolk and has been a professional artist all her working life. After managing her own successful graphic design partnership for over 20 years she returned to her first love of painting. This currently involves a combination of tutoring, demonstrations, private commissions, exhibitions, TV appearances and filming for a leading online website

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     Brian Smith, 19 Sept 2017



Watercolour has been Brian’s preferred medium from very early in his career but he also likes to play with Acrylics and produces paintings for exhibitions in both mediums.

He has increased his profile in the fine art world with awards from Bankside, The Mall Galleries in London along with RWA Bristol in recent years.

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Roy Lang


 William Newton


Joanna Stone


Kristian Purcell



David Hyde


 Ian McManus

 Anthony Slinn


 Hashim Akib

Robert Newcombe


Melanie Cambridge