About Our Tutors
Tutor in oils, watercolour, and mixed media as well as acrylics and drawing for all abilities in each subject, Val caters to amateur or professional and semi-professional artists with her wide range of skills. Her drawing courses are a must for anyone interested in perspective or illustration, or simply wanting to learn about building ideas in a sketchbook for further development into paintings.
Val has a lifetime’s experience in art to bring to her workshops and courses, and loves to help people learn and improve their skills in a positive atmosphere.
Sketching with pencil or brush is included as part of the drawing courses. She also provides a ‘surgery’ for advice on your work. Please call the studio for more details as there is no set time for these sessions, you can book a mutually convenient time to call at the studio.
Val has been involved with art all her life, and after she showed drawing skills from as young as 6yrs old, she won coveted places at Plymouth College of Art to attend as a part-time junior student while still at school, later gaining a permanent place as a senior, full-time student. Her training was primarily in commercial art and her first job was working for a silk screen company, designing and producing industrial posters for local government and business agencies.
She then emigrated to Canada and worked for an English architect for 2 years, drawing artist impressions of designs of buildings and interiors while studying basic architectural disciplines. After returning to the UK, she worked on a variety of artwork for advertising and leisure industry companies producing and illustrating training manuals. In the late 90s, Val added mural painting to her skill set and produced a series of murals for private clients.
Regularly updating her skills to keep up with change and modern technology, Val understands the problems artists have with things such as perspective, colour mixing or when trying to improve or change mediums. Her enthusiasm for teaching and commitment to help students gain confidence and progress is an important part of her courses.
Val has sponsored the CPRE (Hertfordshire Campaign for the Protection of Rural England) Children’s Painting Competition for the last 3 years, which aims to encourage children to paint their ideas about protecting the countryside environment. Most recently, she sponsored the exhibition at her gallery of the winners of the Hertfordshire Life Magazine Landscape Painter of the Year. She said: “The standard of work is wonderful and it is reassuring that there are still plenty of artists out there loving our British landscapes. It is a privilege to be involved in hosting the exhibition of finalists.”
Sharon is a highly accomplished, trained artist and is regularly commissioned to produce cityscapes, portraits of people and animals, for private clients, working in either oils or pastels. Her child and animal portraits are exquisite, and accuracy of likeness to a subject is first class. Her work is in demand and has featured in many exhibitions including at the Mall Galleries Mayfair in London.
Sharon is currently working on some downloadable instructional videos for beginners and improvers, so whatever your level of skill, you can follow her methods for practice at home. You will be able to see a free, short version of Sharon painting prior to choosing which videos to buy for a full tutorial that you can keep for practice at home. These are scheduled for launch on this website in November 2021.
Tutor in Watercolour and Oil Painting.
Peter is a lifelong fan of watercolour and oils and teaches both subjects primarily for beginners and improving leisure painters. His enthusiasm for both subjects is inspiring and his manner of teaching puts people at ease. Peter is very much in demand and is now working toward making his teaching available online via this website, in order to cope with demand, so we have prepared a free demonstration video for you to look at and hear what he has to say about his work. This will be online from October 1st, when his downloadable tutorial videos to on sale. You can follow Peter’s methods at your leisure and as often as you need to when practicing at home. His work is collected by many people in Hertfordshire and beyond so watch for further updates when we launch his brand new series ‘Paint with Peter Massey’ in which he will demonstrate oils and watercolours. We will be holding exhibitions of Peter’s wok at various times in 2021 and 2022, so keep checking this site for updates.