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.

Brenda Barratt
Art Instructor
Watercolour Artist
Coming from: Buxted,  East Sussex  UK
As an accomplished watercolour artist Brenda has, over a career spanning 30 years, built an enviable reputation as specialist in house portraits, gardens and local village scenes. She gained the love of painting from her late father, Mr Chris Rooke, a professional commercial artist whose work is currently archived in the V&A. Brenda's outgoing personality and the ability to develop an immediate rapport with others helps to make her sessions fun and enjoyable. Her unique style represents an opportunity to offer something new and different that will impress cruise passengers and encourage them to rebook.

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.

Isabel Blincow
Art Instructor
Coming from: Sheffield,  South Yorkshire  UK
Isabel was born in 1940, during the Sheffield Blitz. Her paternal Grandfather was a Commercial Artist, specialising in large-scale work. She subsequently taught Art at Beighton and Norfolk Park Secondary Schools followed by a part time adult education post teaching Textiles and Machine Embroidery. She now teaches Watercolour, Acrylics and Creative Needlework to adults, and has been responsible for organising several community artwork projects throughout Sheffield. Her most recent venture has been as an Art Tutor on Cruise Ships.

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.

David Bray
Maritime History
Master Mariner - Fellow of the Nautical Institute
Coming from: Lowestoft,  Suffolk  UK
Born in the Norfolk town of Great Yarmouth, David went to sea in 1965, joining Ellerman Lines as Deck Cadet. Gaining his Second Mate’s Certificate in 1969 he sailed in a variety of cargo and passenger vessels until 1972 when he joined the British Antarctic Survey, gaining his Masters’ certificate in 1976. More recently he has lectured to ships’ Masters and Officers at the Maritime Studies department of Lowestoft College. Now retired from nautical education he is in demand as a cruiseship lecturer on maritime history.

Jonathan Cooper
Art Instructor - Drawing & Mixed Media
DLCA, NDD, ATC
Coming from: Frinton-on-Sea,  Essex  UK
After studying at Loughborough University and Brighton School of Art, Jonathan taught in a number of schools in Sussex and Essex. Later in his career as an Art Lecturer he headed an Art Team within the Dept. of Education at Anglia Ruskin University and was awarded an Ofsted 1 grade by Inspectors for his Postgraduate Teacher Training Course. He has much to offer in terms of expertise and knowledge of Art and will be able to encourage interested passengers to produce their personal best through stimulating teaching. Subject matter will derive from the different countries visited.

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.

Hilary Frame
Art Instructor - Watercolour & Mixed Media
Cert.Ed.
Coming from: Bognor Regis,  West Sussex  UK
Hilary has recently retired from a long and successful career in secondary and adult art education. She spends the summer months running and teaching painting holidays with her husband in northern France. She focuses on painting using watercolour, mixed media (collage) and textiles. Hilary encourages passengers to find delight in these materials. She is an excellent communicator and teacher and her art classes will be among the highlights of the cruise.

Mike Gaffney
Art Instructor
Degree in Fine Arts (BA Hons)
Coming from: Rainhill,  Merseyside  UK
Mike is a professional artist who taught in a variety of secondary schools on Merseyside for over 30 years up to advanced level. After retirement Mike worked for 10 years in his own Art Education Services Business advising Heads of Art on curriculum planning and preparation for OFSTED inspections. His specialist areas are watercolour, pen and ink, drawing, acrylics, oils. Mike's courses cover work for the beginner to the more skilled artist and he will often be seen working on board ship or at a destination. He would be delighted to be approached - so please feel free to say hello!

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.

Thea Horsey
Watercolour Art Tutor
Coming from: Norwich,  Norfolk  UK
Thea has been teaching beginners watercolour painting to large and small groups in Southern Spain and in and around her home in Norwich. After many years teaching in Canada, she retired to her native England and enjoys the freedom to paint works both large and small. She appreciates the subtleties of watercolour and as an avid cruiser, enjoys painting scenes from the various ports of call. Thea is a very patient teacher, a good communicator and can encourage even the most discouraged beginner. She believes that each student can have a finished work at the end of each lesson.

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: Long Ashton,  Bristol  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.

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.

Melissa Little
Police Forensic Art & Portraiture
B.Sc Hons. PS. FBI Diploma
Coming from: Northampton,  Northamptonshire  UK
Born in Winchester, Melissa is the daughter of portrait painter and official war artist the late William Dring RA. RWS. She trained at Winchester School of Art and at the Royal Academy Schools London, and as a Police Forensic Artist by the FBI in USA. She has been an exhibiting member of the Pastel Society UK for 35 years, showing her portrait work in the annual exhibitions at the Mall Galleries, London. She combines a successful career as a portrait painter with that of a freelance police forensic artist. She has had 30 years experience of serving regional forces throughout the UK.

Jon Lovell
Watercolour Art Tutor
Coming from: Mansfield Woodhouse,  Nottinghamshire  UK
Jon's interest in art began at grammar school and on leaving school he attended a graphics course at a local art college. His principal career was in graphics and he owned and ran his own printing business for 40 years. Throughout this time his enthusiasm for watercolour painting remained undiminished, joining his local Society of Artists, exhibiting and selling his paintings to a wider audience. The wonderful subject matter accessible on a cruise is always an inspiration for him and his main aim is to convey this enthusiasm to the students in his classes.

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.

Linda Matthews
Watercolour Art Instructor
Watercolour, Oil, Acrylic, Pastel Painting and Drawing
Coming from: Sutton,  Norfolk  UK
Working as a full time artist and tutor for over 16 years Linda is inspired by everything around her, she prefers the freedom of painting from life en plein air at home and abroad inspired by the impressionists. She is the founder of the UK’s first 4 day Plein Air Painting Festival “A Brush with the Broads”. Not a paint along instructor, Linda teaches traditional techniques in Watercolours, Drawing, Acrylics and Oils aiming to give participants the confidence and techniques to develop their own style. Linda's teaching style mean she is able to teach groups of mixed abilities with group and individual 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.

Anthony Nield
Watercolour Artist and Illustrator
Coming from: Gravesend,  Kent  UK
Anthony has painted in a number of locations, including North and South America, the Baltic, Bermuda and the Caribbean. The variety of subject matter was a tremendous inspiration for his work. Whilst in Bermuda Anthony exhibited quarterly in juried exhibitions with the Bermuda Society of Arts, whilst selling works in galleries in Hamilton. Since his return to the UK he has featured in a number of magazines, and produced limited edition prints for the MOD, Christmas Cards and local Kent scenes. Anthony instructs in pen and ink, Pen and wash and also watercolour.

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.

Mike Purcell
Art Instructor
Watercolours
Coming from: Kingsdown, Deal,  Kent  UK
Mike is a practicing artist who has been running an independent art group in the Dover/Deal area for the last twenty years. Since partial retirement in 2012 he has again taken up watercolour painting for pleasure and reduced his number of classes while increasing workshops and engagements onboard cruise ships. His principal medium is Watercolour, although he encourages drawing and the use of other mediums in order to broaden the scope and experience of his students. He has appeared on television three time and has had his pictures hung in the Mall Galleries.

Valerie Syms Martin
Art Workshops & Teaching
ANCAD, Principles of Art Teaching Diploma, MA, MLIS
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.

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.

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.