Introduction to oil-painting

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My Monday-evening oil-painting class is based in the Colour Factory garden studio. We paint and draw from life, not photographs, and focus on still life and portrait-painting. Classes are limited to eight, to enable time for individual teaching. Tea and coffee is provided. I’ll supply a list of basic art materials needed before the class begins. Classes are on Mondays, 6 till 9pm.

It helps if people have some experience of drawing. The aim of the class isn’t so much coming away with a finished painting. This is a series of oil studies, to learn ways to manage an oil painting. I encourage slowing down, working big to small, finding the big colour shapes. It’s a slightly abstract way into the painting. It’s how I work.
People are at different levels so the class is less structured overall. There’s a short demonstration at the start and then I go around talking to people one to one. You will learn a lot.

The next six Monday evenings are April 29th, May 13th, 20th, June 3rd, 10th, 17th. The cost for six Monday evening classes is £175.

To see my work, go to

You’ll get an idea of my approach to painting from Episode 3 of the 2018 series of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year, Loch Fyne. I’m one of the contestants.

If you have any questions, please email