Artists

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Easa Ali
Art Instructor - Watercolours
Coming from: London,    UK
Easa who is a self taught artist has been painting all his life. He has been a professional artist for over four decades and ran his own gallery in Prestbury, Cheshire where he sold his work for over 20 years. Easa’s paintings have been accepted by the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London. His work has been accepted by the Royal Academy. He paints various subjects and uses different media. He is a keen and enthusiastic art tutor and likes to encourage and assist people. He has a good sense of humour and makes painting fun and enjoyable for all levels.

Paul Arnott
Art Instructor
Watercolours
Coming from: St. Mellons,  Cardiff  UK
Paul has been painting in his native Cardiff for over twenty years. He took early retirement from BT, since when he has been running painting demonstrations and workshops. Paul is a regular cruiser, and has cruised as artist-on board on several ships, where he is happy to coach both beginners and more advanced students. He has a relaxed style of teaching, but gives a plethora of useful techniques, and many tips for a speedier understanding and grasp of the hobby.

Barbara Barrett
Watercolour Art Instructor
Coming from: Kinsale,  County Cork  Ireland
Barbara has been painting with watercolours, oils and acrylics for many years. Her work is in collections around the world. She has held several solo exhibitions and has participated in group exhibitions. She has had work selected by the WSSA, where she received a “Best on Show” accolade. Barbara is a member of the Ulster Watercolour Society. As an Art Instructor on cruise ships, Barbara specialises in teaching in Watercolour, and introduces mixed media.

Anne Bewsey
Watercolour Art Tutor
Coming from: Haslemere,  Surrey  UK
Anne won the ‘Art Prize’ at school most years and always knew she would paint when there was space in her life. She has demonstrated ‘Caran D’ache art products to Art Societies in Southern England for a long time. Anne has taught Watercolour painting to passengers on cruise ships for the past eight years. An accomplished artist she is competent in all media including watercolour, pastel, oils, acrylic and pencil and exhibits her paintings regularly. Anne feels her most important aim is for passengers to enjoy the classes, enriching their cruise and having fun painting.

Heather Bowring
Art and the Tactile Artist
Coming from: Emsworth,  Hampshire  UK
Heather is a self taught artist. Her unique style of tactile painting has been acknowledged as such by the Tate Modern, who commissioned her to make a painting for their Touch Tours collection. Other commissions include the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, who asked her to make a tactile copy of a 16th century painting of the Mary Rose ship. Heather enjoys creating different styles of painting including miniatures, portraits and contemporary works. In particular she likes to paint stories and is inspired by radio, text and dialogue of everyday life.

Susan Bradley
Watercolour Art Tutor
Coming from: Petts Wood,  Kent  UK
Sue is primarily a watercolour painter. She enjoys 'traditional' landscape scenes but is also very interested in creating pattern and textural effects and semi-abstract themes. She has had paintings selected for major exhibitions including the Artist and Leisure Painter magazine annual open exhibition at Patchings Art Centre, Nottingham and the Royal Society of Marine Artists exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London. Sue is a fully qualified teacher and currently tutors watercolour classes for adults, workshops for art societies and painting holidays in Spain and Italy.

Tracey Cattana
Art Instructor & Lecturer
Bachelor Education, Diploma of Aboriginal Arts, Artist 30 Year’s
Coming from: Tamworth,  NSW  Australia
Tracey Cattana is an educator (Wollongong University, Australia) and an Artist with many exhibitions under her belt. She has spent many years travelling overseas visiting every art gallery imaginable big and small. Her favourite artists span from Australian Indigenous Art and Brett Whitely to the genius she has a soft spot for the once misunderstood and beautiful Vincent Van Gogh. Come with her as she shares the eclectic, sometimes sad and sometimes funny lives behind the artwork of much loved artists that will touch your heart not just for their amazing works but their creative minds and enviably interesting stories.

Tony Cowlishaw
Watercolour Art Instructor
Coming from: Nottingham,  Nottinghamshire  UK
Tony Cowlishaw is an established professional artist based in Nottingham who has exhibited at Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery and at the University of Nottingham Art Gallery. In addition, he exhibits his work at Craft Shows and Art Festivals throughout the country and several hundred of his paintings are sold every year to collections both at home and abroad. Tony is an experienced Art Instuctor on cruises and his classes have always proved popular with passengers.

Lawrence Dunn
Art Historian
BA, NDD, ADC
Coming from: Felsted,  Essex  UK
Lawrence is an artist and retired art teacher who was born in Sunderland and was educated at St. Aiden's Grammar School. At the age of 16 he enrolled at the local Art College, and graduated in Fine Art four years later, also gaining a B.A. in History of Art in 1985. His first teaching post was in a secondary school in Sunderland, and he has taught for over 40 years in both the state and private sectors, being Head of Art and Design in three schools. Lawrence retired from adult teaching in 2005 but continues to teach painting and art history to both enthusiastic beginners and experienced amateurs.

Helen Halliday
Art Instructor
Paintings, Prints & Ceramics - BA Fine Art
Coming from: Rickmansworth,  Hertfordshire  UK
Helen is a practising professional artist creating and exhibiting paintings, prints and ceramics. She originally studied Music at Durham University and the Vienna Academy, worked for the BBC and Swiss Radio as a Studio Manager and sound engineer, then went on to gain a degree in Fine Art. Since then she has taught painting for local authorities and on painting holidays in the UK and abroad. Her enthusiasm for her subject, wide-ranging knowledge and ability to encourage and support each individual has ensured that her painting courses are popular and enjoyable.

Amanda Halliwell
Art Instructor - Watercolours
BA(Hons) Humanities (Art History) & MBA
Coming from: London,  Middx  UK
Amanda has always been interested in art and crafts and has continued to paint avidly whilst working in other fields. She enjoys a variety of styles and techniques, including palette knife oil-painting, acrylics, inks, watercolour, gouache and on silk. Educated at Leicester and Warwick Universities, Amanda followed a first degree in Art History with a masters in business. She enjoys teaching classes to children and adults, and more recently as an art instructor on cruises.

Brian Healey
Art Historian and Instructor & Destination Speaker
BA, Diploma in History of Art
Coming from: Blackburn,  Lancashire  UK
Brian Is a graduate in French and German from the University of Keele and also holds diplomas in History of Art from the University of Vienna, and Interior Design from Blackburn University College. Parallel to his career a senior languages teacher at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Blackburn, Brian has enjoyed much success as a professional artist since his early teens, having inherited the genes from his father. He has been working on cruise ships regularly since 2005, both as art tutor and Art Historian lecturer.

James Hunt
Art Tutor
Coming from: Bishops Stortford,  Hertfordshire  UK
Born and raised in Liverpool, Jim moved to the south of England in the mid 80's and lives with his wife in Hertfordshire, UK. He retired early from his city career to devote more time to his painting and sketching in his studio at home. Jim's passion for travelling often inspires many of his pieces. He is an experienced Cruise Art Instructor and works in just about every medium from pencil sketch to oil painting, from landscape to portrait, and from traditional to abstract. Jim hopes you can share in the pleasure he achieves in creating his work.

Caroline James
Watercolour Art Tutor
Coming from: Larkhall,  Bath  UK
Caroline studied Textiles and fashion at Ravensbourne College of Art, Bromley Kent. She started up a small business when moving to the west country, in providing pictures to Show Homes, Restaurants, and Pubs. During this time she successfully started teaching groups of students watercolour painting from her home. Encouraged by her efforts in teaching, and enjoying meeting people to teach, Caroline started up Watercolour classes from the Local village hall, in Long Ashton, outside Bristol. As her work shows light and life, so her students are inspired by her natural way of teaching and passion for painting.

Colin Joyce
Watercolour Art Instructor & Photography Tutor
Coming from: Dunfermline,  Fife  UK
Born in Sunderland, Co Durham in 1957, Colin has lived in Dunfermline, Fife since 2004. Having always had an interest in art since early school years, Colin studied art to Advanced level and, later, part-time college. Colin pursued a career in Financial Services for 38 years, painting in his spare time. He took early retirement in 2013 to concentrate on painting full time. Colin has been fortunate to have studied with renowned oil painter Ken Howard RA OBE, also internationally known watercolourists Joseph Zbukvic and Alvaro Castagnet. Colin writes articles for Leisure Painter magazine and is a watercolour instructor on cruise ships.

Patricia Kelsall
Art Instructor
Coming from: Northwich,  Cheshire  UK
Patricia was born in Yorkshire. For many years she has been a professional artist and lecturer. She has exhibited widely both as an individual and in group shows, including the London Royal Academy Summer Shows, the Manchester Academy of Fine Art and the Annual Salon in Mornant, France. As an artist she has appeared on television and taught Art and Design for over 35 years in schools and colleges. Patricia's approach to Art Instructing on cruises is "step-by-step" with a friendly and encouraging manner.

Magda Kozarzewska
Art Instructor
Art, Painting and Drawing
Coming from: Dunton,  Buckinghamshire  UK
Magda was born and educated in Poland, Warsaw and studied at Chelsea School of Art and The Slade School of Fine Art. She was among the fortunate ones to be taught by Gowing, Coldstream and Uglow. She is a practicing artist and an experienced teacher. She taught at schools, art schools and art colleges including RCA. Since 2012 Kozarzewska has been teaching watercolour painting on ships. She also works as a house guide at Blenheim Palace and an assistant custodian at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford. Her work has been exhibited at national and commercial galleries and museums in the UK and Europe.

Jean Lee
Art Instructor
Portraits in pencil and watercolour. Cert. Ed.
Coming from: Fareham,  Hampshire  UK
Jean trained in 'Design' at Newton Park College of Education, Bath, and she has also studied with the Open College of the Arts. Since qualifying she has taught people of all ages and abilities in schools and colleges. In addition to the regular classes and workshops she has taught portrait drawing on cruise ships for several years. Jean's aim is to create a relaxed and informal atmosphere where people can progress at their own pace, gradually gaining confidence and increasing their observational skills.

Sandra Lello
Art Historian & Tutor
Coming from: Lyme Regis,  Dorset  UK
Sandra read English at Oxford and has lectured in English Literature at Hughes Hall, Cambridge, where she was a Fellow. She also studied drawing and painting in Cambridge and at the Bath College of Art. She has exhibited in London and the West of England. She relishes the play of light upon old buildings as well as the figures which, to her, give life to a painting. She has recently been President of NADFAS for west Dorset and enjoys both teaching art and lecturing on painting on cruises.

Arnold Lowrey
Art Instructor
Watercolours, acrylics, pastels and oils
Coming from: Vale of Glamorgan,  Wales  UK
Arnold lives in South Wales and is now a Welsh professional artist who has been painting for over 40 years. He paints and tutors in all mediums, including watercolour, acrylics, pastels and oils. He has regular exhibitions of his paintings in the South Wales area as well as exhibiting at the Mall Galleries in London amongst others. His current exhibitions are centred at The Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay. He has written four books on painting, produced 21 professional DVDs, and regularly tutors on cruise ships.

Kathy Marsh
Art Tuition & Art History
Fine Art Painting and drawing/ Contemporary crafts and applied art.
Coming from: Belfast,  Down  Northern Ireland
After studying fine art in Belfast and Staffordshire universities, Kathy was awarded a place on a EU funded arts and language program in Florence, Italy. There she developed her art practice working alongside other artists and craftspeople. In her career as an artist, Kathy has received many awards and recognition for her work as a teacher and collaborative artist. On board cruises, the location and art history of the place and sights will inspire the art classes. Classes are taught through tutor demonstrations and one to one tuition.

Paul McKee
Art Instructor
Watercolour painting, drawing, visual arts. MA, BA Hons, PGCE
Coming from: Gloucester,  Gloucestershire  UK
Paul is an artist, teacher and curator. He trained at Liverpool College of Art and University College London, achieving a BA Hons, Post Graduate Certificate of Education and MA. He has taught for many years, in schools and colleges and in museums and galleries. He paints in oil, watercolour and mixed-media and has enjoyed a number of one-person exhibitions in the UK. Paul has taught on cruise ships for ten years and his classes are always popular and lively.

John Morris
Art Instructor - Watercolours
Coming from: Warrington,  Cheshire  UK
Originally from Merseyside, John started his working life in Graphic Arts after attending Liverpool College of Art. A change of career saw him training as a chef, subsequently owning his own restaurant in Yorkshire and then becoming a Further Education Lecturer in professional cookery. Inspired by the TV programme Watercolour Challenge, John decided to take up painting again and over recent years has combined formal painting courses for beginners with self development.

Nina Pickup
Watercolour Painting
B Ed.
Coming from: Scarborough,  North Yorkshire  UK
Nina has been a professional artist for over 15 years and has her own studio and gallery in Scarborough Old Town near the harbour. Recently she has been teaching watercolour painting on cruise ships. She is a self-taught artist and is proficient in many media. She gained A Level Art and a Diploma in Painting and Print making as a mature student. She also has a degree in Education [B.Ed] from Leeds University. In recent years she studied briefly with David Curtis and Bruce Mulcahy at Staithes Art School and previously with Jenny Caruana in Malta and Alvaro Castagnet in Scotland.

Helen Playford
Art History, Famous Artists & Cultural History
MA Arts Curtin University West Australia
Coming from: New Milton,  Hampshire  UK
Helen Playford's expertise is in Fine Arts, famous artists, art history, cultural history, understanding contemporary arts, art changing lives, etc. A leading portrait artist, landscape, still life, abstract painter, arts lecturer, workshop tutor and frequent cruise lecturer. Previous business interests including working in the Mining and Oil exploration. Helen's talks are created for Cruise Industry passengers. Short, interesting, amusing, and educational. The lectures provide A fascinating insight into the historical times and lives of the artists whose famous works contribute and change our perceptions.

Helen Pointer
Caricaturist & Artist
Coming from: Caterham,  Surrey  UK
As an artist Helen is quick to set her audience at ease and is marvellous at caricaturing. She provides an absorbing, effective and spontaneous style of presentation, using her art to exemplify her perceptive facilitation of group work. By pulling people out from the audience Helen guides you through personal impact and interpersonal skill areas whilst sketching humorous caricatures – it’s interactive, gripping and novel, and people come away understanding so much more about their choices. Helen’s starting points deals with the everyday issues that face us all.

Hildegarde Reid
Art Instructor
Coming from: Thames Ditton,  Surrey  UK
Hildegarde was born on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, South Africa. She studied Social Science at the University of the Orange Free State, but has always been passionately involved in painting. She came to the UK in the 60's, and lives in Surrey where she teaches and paints in her Studio in Molesey. Her work is much influenced by her roots and she brings warmth and vibrancy into her paintings. She regularly runs painting workshops for a number of Art Societies and for the last 4 years Hildegarde has been a watercolour instructor for major Cruise Lines.

Maggie Sadullah
Watercolour Artist & Tutor
Coming from: Great Yarmouth,  Norfolk  UK
Maggie is an artist with a passion for light and colour. Her trips to Italy, France, Morocco and Mediterranean countries, such as Malta have been a great font of inspiration for her. Her main luggage becomes her palette. Maggie likes her paintings to ‘sing’ and often creates this effect by glazing paint over paint. Her main aim on board ship is to unleash the artist and creativity in her students with a gentle guiding hand and to share her passion for art. She intends to build confidence and temper her tuition for each individual, numbers permitting.

Valerie Syms Martin
Art History, Workshops & Teaching
Oils, Watercolours, Pastels, Acrylics & Drawing Mediums
Coming from: Dublin 18,  Dublin  Ireland
Valerie was born and raised in Dublin. She was a scholarship student in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She taught within the Irish secondary school system for over twenty years. Valerie is a member of the Watercolour Society of Ireland, the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club, and Plein Eire. She works in watercolours and oils. She works in mostly en plein air when the weather permits, and in the winter she paints mostly in a studio. Valerie’s work has been exhibited in the Royal Hibernian Academy, and in exhibitions throughout Ireland. In 2016, Valerie won the top award in the Art in the Open festival, Wexford, the biggest plein air festival in Europe.

Sarah Warren
Watercolour Art Instructor
Coming from: Couldson,  Surrey  UK
Since 1994, Sarah has been working as a commission artist supplying paintings for for various Royal Palaces, including those of the Sultan of Oman, the Ruler of Dubai and the King of Saudi Arabia. Sarah has also been commissioned to paint for various corporate buildings and galleries in the Middle East. She has an MA in Art and Design, and designs exclusive ranges of cards for chains like John Lewis, as well as being an Art Instructor on cruise ships.

Tony Westmore
Art Instructor
Coming from: Cowes,  Isle of Wight  UK
Tony is a retired engineer and now a fulltime artist from Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Specializing in marine and maritime subjects, his work is to be found in collections worldwide. Working in watercolour, oils and acrylics he also paints landscapes and seascapes in a modern semi-abstract style, becoming a finalist in The National Open Art Competition in 2009. He has been running art classes for the past seven years.

Jenni White
Colour & Style Consultant and Art Instructor
Art Instructor
Coming from: Bandon,    Ireland
Jenni White hails from North Yorkshire, where her first career was in the Hotel business, spending many happy years in the business involved in Event and Conference organising. This followed a career in Sales and Marketing which allowed much time for travel and working and meeting with people. Always having a creative flair, good with colours and people focused she trained in Colour and Style during the late 80's. Jenni loves the opportunity to teach art and speak about her passions aboard cruise ships.

Edwin (Eddy) Williams
Watercolour Art Tutor
Degree in Human Resource Development
Coming from: Leyland,  Lancashire  UK
Edwin is a fully qualified Engineer, Quality Assurance Manager and also holds a degree in Human Resource Management, specialising in Learning and Devolpment. Over the last 25 years he feels privileged to have taught many people the delight of watercolour, often combining the teaching with the raising of money for several charitable causes that are close to his heart. He encourages his students to enjoy painting what they see, in a manner that they are comfortable with. He really believes that painting in watercolour inspires people to see both themselves and the world in a refreshingly new way.

Pauline Williams
Watercolour Art Instructor
B.A, P.G.C.E
Coming from: Penarth,  Vale of Glamorgan  UK
Pauline studied art at St. Helens College of Art and at The University of Wales in Cardiff; She also has a Post Graduate teaching qualification from the University of Newport. Her art is a representation of life from her perspective. She has been painting and drawing from life, recording places, events and people wherever she goes. She especially enjoys drawing musicians whilst they play. Pauline also teaches drawing and painting, mostly to adults, specializing in portraiture and life-drawing.

Peter Woolley
Art Instructor
Watercolours
Coming from: Richmond,  North Yorkshire  UK
Peter Woolley has been a professional watercolour artist since 1986. He regularly exhibits at major art shows, works with Art Societies across the UK, and is the author of 2 books on the subject. The unique, loose style he teaches is based on pure watercolour principles. He is able to provide painting classes that cover all the core skills and techniques of pure watercolour, using projects appropriate to the cruise itinerary. On longer cruises, he is able to expand upon that, and wherever possible, provide a structured series of classes that equates to a complete watercolour course.