After graduating from Amersham school of art in 1981 I went into a career in advertising and marketing and earned my living working as an art director. I'm a self taught painter and work predominantly in oils, specialising in portrait and figurative work, commissions to date include Antony Worrall Thompson and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham. I also enjoy the challenge of painting outdoors, working at speed to capture fleeting clouds or a setting sun, the light changes so fast and the most dramatic effects can disappear in minutes. I started painting in 2001 and was elected member of The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 2007. My work has been selected for exhibition with The Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Mall galleries London on three occasions. WORKSHOPS, COURSES AND DEMONSTRATIONS - I run regular courses, workshops and demonstrations in painting and drawing for a number of art groups and societies across the uk and Spain. I’m fully CBR checked and also offer one to one tuition from my home studio in Brill Buckinghamshire.
How would you describe your teaching style?
Fun and relaxed
What qualifications do you have?
I'm an award winning artist with over 20 years painting experience. I work predominantly in oils, portrait commissions to date include Antony Worrall Thompson, John Hood, Lord Mayor of Birmingham and singer - songwriter John Otway. I also work in charcoal and chalk, graphite and acrylics. I was elected member of The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 2007. My work has been selected for exhibition with The Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Mall galleries London on a number of occasions. I also exhibit locally with Buckinghamshire Art Society, of which he is a member. As well as portraiture, i also enjoy the challenge of painting outdoors, working at speed to capture the fleeting effects of light over landscape. Selected for The Artist and leisure painter competition, Patchings festival open art exhibition, 2014 and 2018. Awarded The Artists and Illustrators Artist of the year West Design prize, peoples choice award 2012 for his portrait of 2nd world war veteran Len Nixey. Self portrait shortlisted out of nearly 10,000 entries for the Daily Mail ‘Not the Turner Prize’ and exhibited at The Mall Galleries, London in 2005. Featured on ITV’s ‘A Brush With Fame’ in 2005, portrait of Antony Worrall Thompson was chosen as his favourite. I also have 30 + years advertising agency art director, working closely with Graphic designers, copywriters, motion graphic designers, photographers and illustrators.
Tell us about your experience...
I run regular courses, workshops and demonstrations in painting and drawing for a number of art groups and societies across the uk, Spain and Portugal. I’m fully CBI checked and also offer one to one tuition from my home studio in Brill Buckinghamshire.
What locations do you tutor in?
From my home studio in Brill village Buckinghamshire. Anywhere in buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
What is your personal message to students?
Please read the testimonials TESTIMONIALS "Thank you Mark for last night’s demonstration. What a brilliant start to Ricky Art Society’s new programme! Your oil painting portrait of Mick captured the essence of him from the start – and as he emerged before our eyes, we were spellbound. It was interesting that you decided to use a limited palette (Zorn) , which is comparatively new to you, but it was a great success. Very impressive. It was like there were two Micks in the room. We enjoyed your clear and informative teaching style; this, together with your enthusiastic approach throughout the session kept us enthralled from start to finish. The members of our society have commented on how much they enjoyed the demonstration and how impressed they were with the likeness you captured. Thank you also for bringing along other examples of your work. The general opinion was that you were the best portrait demonstrator that we have had. " Barbara Burrows Chair, Ricky Art Society. “Mark is a highly accomplished artist and an excellent teacher, he has a lovely manner with the students making them feel comfortable, confident and inspired. Mark demonstrated techniques in a clear and easy to understand way. Using both group demonstrations and one on one tuition, he encouraged my students to progress and produce beautiful pieces of their own as well as learning new skills. Working with Mark was a pleasure, he is a reliable and friendly tutor, great for both beginner and experienced artists and I look forward to working with him again.” Julia Evans www.arthousecostablanca.com “Mark’s one day Portrait Painting Course was great. I can’t praise it enough. There were just the right number of people in the class, and the structure of the day was very well organised. Firstly, Mark would demonstrate how to tackle each stage eg measuring the distances of the face to get the architecture right, getting the under painting underway, colour mixing to capture the range of skin tones, building the darker tones first, and, importantly for me, making bigger and bolder brush strokes. After each demonstration, we worked individually on our portraits, but with lots of personal attention and guidance from Mark. The whole day was a great introduction to Portrait Painting, and very enjoyable too. My aim was to build the confidence to paint more boldly and use big brush strokes and this course helped a lot. I would recommend Mark, and this course, wholeheartedly. Thank you Mark,” Best wishes Jean “The day was a lot of fun and I learnt a lot about how to get the most out of using oils. It was very refreshing and inspiring to see Mark’s demonstrations. He was very informative, helpful and made the whole experience very enjoyable. I am very much looking forward to the next course I am booked to do with him.” Cecilia Mabey “I thoroughly enjoyed the Portrait painting day, despite being new to oils. You are an excellent, patient tutor and I am in awe of your talent. You explained the process very thoroughly and backed up every process with a fantastic demonstration. I particularly liked the fact that you were prepared to help me when I was floundering and to demonstrate how to correct or achieve a better result. That for me was priceless! The day went so quickly, how time passes when you are enjoying yourself. Thank you once again for a very informative and constructive day.” Regards Yvonne Gillespie
|Travelling tutor:||Within 25 miles of Brill village|
|Subjects:||Art & Design||Beginners to Advanced|