If you’ve got to this page the chances are you are interested in painting plein-air watercolour or even in joining us for a workshop. So here we’ll tell you a little bit about us.
I have always loved watercolour and I have painted with it for most of my professional life. For many years I would use it for colouring rather than fine art painting because as a cartoonist and comic illustrator, as I was at that time, my drawings were almost always outlined in ink. I did however hold a great admiration for the master watercolourists – Girtin, Turner, Sargent, Seago, Homer – how they managed to make their paintings so easy and fresh. In my spare time I spent a lot of time copying and trying to unravel the secret of simple impressionist water-colouring.
Since we came to live in Spain I took every opportunity to paint plein-air. The near perfect weather and clear light make it a painter’s paradise.
I soon started holding classes and noticed very quickly that students needed a structured approach which would equip them with a solid technique. This is why I designed the five day workshop. We start very simply and make sure that each stage of the process is clearly outlined. People often say that watercolour is the most difficult medium – and it is particularly true if you don’t fully understand that process.
While bringing up my two daughters in Ibiza and then in London I worked part time as a freelance domestic PA. I had some wealthy and even famous clients. I was contracted to ensure the smooth-running of their households – whilst they could carry on with their busy lives. This suited me perfectly as I am naturally an organised person and I enjoy dealing with people. When Paul and I moved to Barcelona it fell naturally to me to organise the painting classes and administration. I enjoy helping our students with their arrangements. I want to know that in the end their stay has been enjoyable and their painting week a success.