Tutors

  • Paul Riley

    Paul ’s artistic career began at the age of 15 when the Royal Academy accepted one of his works for their Summer Exhibition. At that time he was the youngest painter to have work exhibited at the Academy. Since graduating from Kingston Art School in 1965 Paul has had many solo and group exhibitions both in the UK and Europe, and further afield in Kuwait and Australia. Primarily an oil painter and printmaker, Paul also became fascinated by the medium of watercolour. In the last 20 years Paul has established himself as one of Britain’s leading water colourists. Coombe Farm Studios was founded in 1983 by Paul with his wife Tina, Paul continues to be our lead tutor and lives on site. He teaches watercolour and oil painting both at Coombe and abroad Read more
  • Gerry Dudgeon

    Gerry Dudgeon in his studio workshopGerry studied Fine Art (Painting) at Camberwell School of Art from 1975-79, graduating with a First Class B.A. Hons degree, and continued his studies in painting as a postgraduate on the M.F.A. course at Reading University from 1979-81, which he chose because it was run by Terry Frost and Adrian Heath. On graduating in 1981, he was awarded a Boise Travelling Scholarship from the Slade School of Art, and chose to visit New York to pursue his interest in contemporary American painting. On his return, he worked as an artist in London before moving to West Dorset in 1987. Read more
  • Bettina Schroeder

    Bettina Schroeder has been teaching and running her renowned painting holidays around the world for more than 20 years and at Coombe for most of that time. Her enthusiasm and expertise have helped hundreds of painters, beginners and more advanced students alike, to new levels of pleasure and satisfaction in their work. In a variety of stunning locations Bettina shares her wealth of knowledge, offering tips and professional secrets to help you improve your painting. Bettina is a practising artist whose work is regularly exhibited throughout Europe and America, most recently in Santa Fé, USA, Zurich, Switzerland and in London. She organized her first painting holiday in Wales in 1987. Such was its success that she has arranged painting holidays ever since, and steadily broadened the choice of locations for her courses. Read more
  • Charlie O’Sullivan

    Charlie OSullivanCharlie enjoys great success exhibiting with Marine House at Beer and national art fairs. She has built up a strong list of collectors across the UK and has extensive teaching experience and we are delighted to add her to our group of professional artists teaching at Coombe. She has written numerous articles including for Artists & ... Read more
  • James Stewart

    James Stewart with two of his animal portraitsOriginally from Stockport, James has been based in Devon for over 10 years. He studied at Dyfed College of Art, Carmarthen and worked as a freelance illustrator in Manchester designing book and album covers before moving south to pursue a career in Fine Art. In 2001 he established the Stewart Gallery and Studio after running Artworks in ... Read more
  • Laurie Steen RWA

    Laurie Steen in her studioI have been drawing shadows in my garden since I was a teenager. I think this was perhaps the beginning of my need to make. Looking back it was about capturing the fleeting nature of trees, positive and negative shapes and forms in the landscape. I believe it helped me understand the need to focus less on the recognition of an image and allow the energy and spontaneity of process to become celebrated. It is the environment in which I live that continues to be my constant source of inspiration. I tend to call all of my work ‘drawings’, mostly because the creative process of each piece begins and ends with drawing. The process of which is at the very centre of how I work. My motivation has always been my belief in drawing and the act of finding my own figuration. I believe this can be seen most recently in the ‘home drawings’ where the honesty of the material holds a memory of my working processes and intent. I use paint as a tool, and in a way it is secondary to the act of drawing. I use paint to define space, to build up texture, to define the positive and the negative, to carve out or build up, to layer ideas, and to push and pull the line. It is the graphite that defines silence and light. Read more
  • Laurel Keeley

    Laurel KeeleyThe potter Laurel Keeley graduated with BA Hons in English and American Arts and an MA in Commonwealth Literature. She studied ceramics at Exeter College of Art and Design and has been working as a potter for 30 years, selling work throughout the UK in selected galleries and exhibitions. Laurel has received two Arts Council England Major Awards for her work and is a member of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen. Her ceramic pieces are owned worldwide. This is a unique opportunity to work alongside and interact with Laurel through her work. Read more
  • Tim Andrews

    Tim AndrewsTim is known internationally for his distinctive raku ceramics. He makes individual work-black and white with linear decoration or burnished muted coloured slips. The pieces are usually thrown, although some work is handbuilt. During this exciting course, for the first two days we will concentrate on clay work, making finishing, burnishing using porcelain slip and ... Read more
  • Jill Fanshawe Kato

    Jill Fanshawe KatoJill Fanshawe Kato is an internationally renowned ceramicist & lecturer, she exhibits widely in the UK and Japan where she has had over 40 exhibitions. She writes regularly for ceramics, craft & design publications and taught at Goldsmiths College for many years. Read more
  • Kate Marshall

    Kate Marshall LinocuttingLiving and working in Devon, Kate graduated from Goldsmiths in 2004 with a BA in Fine Art and History, Live Art performance often feature in her shows; including the 2006 Liverpool Biennial, which received coverage on BBC 2 and her debut solo show in London in 2007 which was singled out by the Sunday Times as a must see. A master of line, form and colour Kate fell in love with printmaking in 2008 and quickly mastered the techniques that she is passionate about sharing during her courses. Read more
  • Robert Manners

    Robert Manners print 'Implied Resistance'Robert works across disciplines including painting and printmaking. His interest in painting and his approach to it extends to the way he approaches printmaking. Meticulous in detail and taking layers as a starting point he constructs beautiful work combining the constant experimentation of materials with the use of strong colour, often with surprising combinations. Read more
  • Sarah Bee

    Sarah Bee Pastels & Mixed Media Tutor PortraitWe are delighted to be adding a new tutor to our stable of professional artists who share their skills and knowledge with you, enabling you to advance your work in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Sarah Bee moved from working as a graphic designer into makeup and body painting for the film, photography and advertising ... Read more