A  qualified teacher in adult education I am also an experienced workshop facilitator. I currently run art courses at the request of organised art groups.

WORKSHOP 1.  'Un-Posed People Sketching'

A lively, fun and intense day workshop. Closely timed exercises simulate situations demanding rapid responses from the artists and help highlight the essentials needed to produce economical but realistically expressive sketches and drawings.

The approach transfers easily to sketching animals.

This workshop is suitable for all abilities and useful for any artist wishing to hone their direct observational skills no matter what they like to paint and draw.

WORKSHOP 2. 'Monochrome Wipe-off Technique'

The process explored in this day workshop is basically reductionist. Media is applied to cover a support and, initially, removed to provide a first 'take' on the subject matter. By a continued process of removing and adding media a tonal monochrome image gradually emerges.

I generally demonstrate the technique using oil paint, with a focus on portraiture, but the approach transfers itself (with a little tweaking) readily to other media and to any subject matter including still life and landscape.


Stops over-fussy drawing and detailing at the outset.

Expresses tonal shapes and depths.

Prevents the distraction of colour choices/mixing etc

Provides a study for a later painting.

Can be used as an underpainting for later work.

May be left as a monochrome painting as an end in itself. (Check out work by Eugene Carriere) 

Contact me for more information.