Category Archives: Tuition

MY NEW STUDIO at The Steeple, Newburgh north Fife

Next week, I’ll be moving into my fantastic new studio space at The Steeple, in Newburgh, north Fife, which will be another base from where I’ll soon be widening my range of classes. As it’ll be my working studio, you may also be able to see one of my paintings in progress when you come along. Also, if you want like to suggest a particular style or technique you’d like to learn (day, evening or weekend) just let me know, and I’ll look at putting together a new class. I’ll be in touch soon with an update!


To kick start your creativity in 2020, here’s some exciting new painting workshops at the fabulous J&G Innes in St Andrews to get you up and running. You may not be aware, but the popular bookstore and gift shop also has an excellent, bright studio and gallery space upstairs, and that’s where we’ll be. You’ll need to bring your art materials, but you’ll receive a 10% discount if you buy these in store Each workshop is £50, 10am-4pm with an hour for you to have your lunch (tea and coffee making facilities available throughout the day). Don’t worry if you lack creative confidence – all workshops are supportive and fun with a mixture of demonstrations, instruction and positive feedback:

January 25th – Watercolour Basics – putting skills into practice

February 15th – Pastel & Coloured Pencil – combining dry materials

March 21st – Watercolour Plus – exploring different styles and adding different mediums

April 18th – Perspective & Composition – understanding the fundamentals, and applying to your own artwork.

This is hot of the press, so more details to follow. Places are limited, so book up early!


If you’re on vacation in Fife, and lucky enough to be staying in one of the three five-star properties on the superb fifty five acre Hawkswood Country Estate, no doubt you’ll have seen the wide range of facilities they offer. In addition, you can choose from a wide range of local activities, such as attending one of my art tuition opportunities – perfect for non-golfing partners, for example. Take away a wonderful painting, created in Fife – by you! Just speak with your concierge, who will be able to arrange this with you directly.

GARTMORE HOUSE retreat in November – well done to all!

A great week with students on the watercolour painting retreat at Gartmore House, Stirling last week. See photos in the Tuition Photo Gallery. Well done everyone – working from early morning until late at night. That’s dedication! Great to see everyone out sketching onboard the Lady of the Lake, Loch Katrine, in a weather window of opportunity. Once again, a big thank you to all the staff for top-level front of house hosting, support and amazing culinary delights from the kitchen!

Loch Katrine – student sketching.

HILL OF TARVIT MANSION painting retreat 13th-15th March 2020

Here’s the leaflet for my forthcoming residential retreat at the wonderful Edwardian mansion at Hill of Tarvit, Fife  managed by the National Trust for Scotland, on 13th-15th March 2020. Many thanks to Geraldine Graf, Hospitality & Events Manager for the invitation, and putting this all together. Following an evening welcome and briefing on the Friday, there will be two full days of tuition in the Great Hall, conservatory, and – weather permitting – the glorious gardens. See the leaflet for more details. Contact Hill of Tarvit Mansion for booking, and by all means get in touch with me if you would like more information about what will be covered. All materials are supplied, but by all means bring along your favourite things, if you would like to.