Programme 2015-2016



18th May 2016    

Michael Warr – Egg Tempera     

How to mix- paint surfaces – enlarging                        

Michael studied at Coventry College of Art and has been painting for over 50 years and teaching adults for 47 years. He has written four books and numerous magazine articles for the Leisure Painter, Paint, The Artist and Artist and Illustrator. He paints in all media, Oils, Acrylic, Watercolour, Pastel, Coloured Pencils and Egg Tempera. Paints all subjects, still life, portraits, seascapes, landscapes, abstracts in fact, anything! From 1994 until 2005 he ran painting holidays at his house and studio in France. Michael now lives in Market Bosworth.





15th June 2016 Themed Painting Challenge: Holidays  



15th June 2016     

Chris Tkacz - Landscape in Oils

Chris studied at The Birmingham School of Art and Design, where he gained a BA and MA degree in fine art. This led to teaching art in Leicestershire to later become head of art and design at’ Queen Elizabeth’ grammar school in Ashbourne. Chris has taken early retirement from teaching and now works full time as an artist, framer, conservator and restorer of fine art. He is the owner of the Little London Gallery and first prize winner of the 2015 RBSA Prize Exhibition.

To see more Chris’s work please visit:



20th July 2016    

Rob Leckey - Mixed Media – power point presentation

To create his mixed media collages Rob uses mainly acrylics, ink, oil and chalk pastels. Robs paintings comprise of torn or shaped tissue, newsprint and magazine illustrations any found materials onto which he applies the paint with rollers, shaped pieces of wood and card. He finds experimenting with techniques and colour very rewarding, creating unique shapes, never predicting how a finished painting will look. Please do visit his website to see his unique style:


17th August 2016   

Rob Waring - Pastel Portrait

International portrait and figure painter Rob was born and grew up in South Africa, after finishing his education he travelled to the USA and Europe to study the techniques of traditional classical painting. At the age of 23 he became a professional portrait painter, since then Rob has had a very fulfilling career spanning nearly 40 years a very sort after demonstrator he divides his time between the UK and South Africa.

This will be Rob’s third visit to our



21st September 2016  

Ian Ridley  - Watercolour Landscape
Ian is a self-taught artist working mainly in watercolour and acrylics, he enjoys painting Landscapes in particular the changing colours of autumn and winter. Ian has exhibited on numerous occasions in Birmingham and his home town in Worcestershire. To view Ian’s work please visit





19th October 2016    

Elizabeth Hough - Pastel Animal Portraits

 Elizabeth is an animal portrait artist based in mid Wales. Her background was in graphic design until she decided to take a different path, painting portrait commissions, which became a great success. To see more of Elizabeth’s work visit: 





16th Nov 2016 Themed Painting Challenge: Autumn 




16th November 2016  

Leanne Ellis - Landscape in Acrylics

Born in 1980 Leanne had the privilege of growing up in the country which gave her the opportunity to paint beautiful scenery. She has always enjoyed painting, studying the ‘Great Masters’ and the ‘Modern Greats’. Leanne has always used Winsor and Newton products which led to her becoming their product demonstrator.

To see Leanne’s work visit:



In December there will not be a meeting/demonstration


18th January 2017          

Robin Mason - Seascape/Cliffs in Oils

We welcome back a local artist. Robin will be using oils to show us the contrast between land and sea – high cliffs towering over sheltered coves and cool shadows alongside warm light.  Cornwall is often the subject of his work. Using a brush to block out the main shapes and background colours Robin then works with a palette knife applying thin layers to the dark areas and strong impasto strokes to the highlights.

To see more of Robin’s work go to:



15th February 2017   

Sue Chatterton - African wildlife in Watercolour

Sue is a self-taught artist with African roots. Painting watercolour for 16 years she is intrigued with wildlife portraiture. Currently exhibiting in the UK Sue has works displayed in private collections in Botswana, South Africa and Canada. A loose approach to watercolour, she likes to show the transparency that the paint gives allowing it to mix itself which is unique to the medium. Please visit Sue’s website:



15th March 2017 Themed Painting Challenge: Flowers        



15th March 2017    

Terry Harrison - Spring Landscape in Acrylics

 Terry’s first career was in graphics, moving on to become an illustrator for Yellow Pages. During this time he continued to paint in the evenings and at weekends developing his own techniques. In 1989 Terry started his own Fine Art publishing company which led to an array of books, DVD’s, brushes, jigsaw puzzles, paints and many other items which can be seen on his website. A popular demonstrator we look forward to an entertaining evening with Terry.



Programme 2014-2015

 21st May 2014          Robin Mason – Seascape in oils

Robin is an artist working in Tamworth. His work ranges from landscapes to seascapes in either Oil or Pastel. Inspired by the coast he travels frequently to Cornwall with its high cliffs and sheltered coves. Closer to home he feels lucky to have the canal network, farmland, and beautiful landscapes to paint.

18th June 2014          Malcolm Cudmore – Coloured Pencils

At school Art was the thing Malcolm was good at, but chose not to go to Art College, the attraction of becoming a rock star beckoned. After a varied career path Malcolm returned seriously to Art in the late 1990’s. He attended Stafford College earning a distinction in Fine Art, moving on to become a Fine Art Practitioner and Tutor. He now lives in the beautiful Waveney Valley where he paints in Oils, Pastels, Charcoal and Coloured pencils.

16th July 2014          Stephen Ashurst – Portrait in Pastels/Acrylic

Stephen Ashurst is based in Buxton, Derbyshire. Best known for his life scale, naturalistic
Portraits. Stephen usually has a one man show every two years. He gives workshops on abstract, still life, landscapes and buildings in various materials. He has been the “Patching’s Artist” at the annual festival over the last few years producing oil portraits outdoors. He occasionally takes on commissions. Some of his works are in the National Collection which can be found online.

20th August 2014          Stephen Coates–Vision & Composition/Watercolour

Stephen’s speciality is Watercolour. His presentation entitled Vision and Composition examines our vision of the world, how our perceptions can be so different from reality and demonstrates some stunning optical illusions to prove the point. Planning, perspective, colour selection and composition are all tackled in this tantalising presentation.

17th September 2014          Graham Cox-Landscape in Soft Pastels

After a popular demonstration with us in 2013 we welcome Graham back to produce another of the stunning ‘Moody Views’ landscapes he is now becoming well known for.

15th October 2014            Angela Gaughan-Wildlife in Acrylics

Angela is President and a founder member of the Tamworth Society of Artists. She works in all mediums and has demonstrated for Daler Rowney, Derwent Pencils, Chromacolour, The Artist and The Leisure Painter Magazines. In addition to the classes and workshops held in her Tamworth studio, Angela has recently published a book “How to Paint Wild Animals in Acrylics”.

19th November 2014          Geoff Kersey -Watercolour Winter Scene

Geoff is a firm favourite with our Society. A very popular artist and demonstrator. Living and working in the Peak district enables Geoff to produce atmospheric and beautiful landscapes of the region.


December There will be not be a Meeting/Demonstration



21st January 2015           Geoff Tristram – Humerous Illustrated talk

Geoff has been a successful professional Artist and Illustrator for 35 years, working with well known companies such as Penguin Books, Embassy World Snooker, Cadbury’s, Thornton’s, Windsor & Newton, Reeves Paints and Ravensburger Puzzles to name but a few. His autobiographical ramble through his eventful life is filled with hilarious anecdotes, one not to miss.

18th February 2015           Mathew Palmer – Watercolour Landscape

Mathew has been painting for 25 years and teaching for 15.  He is an SAA professional who has a regular TV series on Sky and Create & Craft TV. He is the author of numerous magazine articles and the star of many Watercolour DVD’s.

18th March 2015           Peter Barker- Waterscape in Oils

Peter’s passion for the British countryside is reflected in his work which conveys an acute sense of observation and knowledge. He often returns to the same wood, stretch of river or section of coastline portraying it in different weather, seasons and time of day. With numerous highly acclaimed solo exhibitions behind him his work graces collections as far afield as the United States and Australia.

2013-2014 Programme

17th April 2013 : Annual General Meeting

 15th May 2013: Vic Bearcroft Pastel – Wildlife

This is Vic’s third visit to our Society.  A popular wildlife artist, he prefers to paint close up intimate portraits of animals rather than in a landscape setting.  His aim is to capture not only the likeness of the subject but also the life and soul in its eyes.  Vic has a DVD series “Wildlife in Pastels” and has now released a book “Drawing and Painting Wild Animals”.

19th June 2013: Richard Holland Oils – Landscape

Richard’s interest in art began at a young age, probably inherited from his father’s artistic talents. He started painting watercolours in his early twenties, eventually exhibiting and selling his work at galleries in Lincolnshire. He took an interest in oils attending a class for nine years. Richard now teaches oil and watercolour at local art societies.

17th July 2013:  Kara Strachan Acylic – Flowers

Kara’s distinctive style and subject are inspired from her many years of floristry and a great appreciation of historical gardens and architecture. At her happiest wandering through woodlands with canvas and acrylic paint, capturing in her paintings the seasonal atmosphere that nature creates.  Kara welcomes all visitors to see her painting her latest subjects in ‘The Art Loft’  studio Curborough Craft Centre Lichfield.

21st August 2013: Graham Cox Pastel- Moody Views

Graham was born and grew up in Bath. He left school at sixteen to join the Royal Navy specialising in telecommunications. In 1994 his boyhood love of painting was revitalised after watching an episode of “Artworks” with the artist David Bellamy. Over the next few years he discovered pastels and found he could produce the stunning ‘Moody views’ he has become known for.

18th September 2013: Robert Fathers Acrylic – Structure of Trees

Robert grew up in Yorkshire. His father, an accomplished artist, was an associate of the Royal College of Art, who became a major influence in the greetings card industry. Under his guidance, Robert developed quickly winning many national painting competitions. He enrolled at the famous Artist School of America’ under the leadership of Norman Rockwell, studying illustration and design. This gave him confidence to branch out as a freelance designer. Robert’s aim is to encourage the absolute beginner and stimulate the lapsed artist.

16th October 2013: John Hopkins Watercolour – Street Scene

John studied illustration at Birmingham College of Art. He is an associate member of the RBSA and has worked as a successful freelance artist, working in all mediums, but specialising in watercolour. John enjoys giving watercolour demonstrations to art societies and teaches painting to groups of adults. He continues to work commercially, exhibits his paintings widely and has won many awards. He undertakes private commissions and tries to find time to indulge his passion for en plein-air painting and figurative work.

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20th November 2013: Roy Lang Oil – Seascape

We welcome Roy once again to our society. His exciting seascape painting and dry wit make him a popular demonstrator. Roy’s work is now becoming very collectable and is normally sold via his website. He travels throughout the UK demonstrating and teaching at workshops and painting holidays.

11th December 2013: Geoff Tristram

Humorous – Informative – most interesting – one not to be missed! A professional artist, cartoonist and humourist, Geoff has worked for well known companies producing paintings, celebrity portraits and cartoons for greetings cards, advertising and packaging. He has also painted several postage stamp collections including ‘Charles and Diana’s Royal wedding’, Lake Placid Olympics and Spain’s World Cup football series.

15th January 2014: Robert Guy Oil – Portrait

A young Robert’s fascination with art galleries inspired him to study the work of great artists and develop his own ability. He has been working as a professional artist for over 20 years. During this time he has worked as a fine artist, illustrator, designer, storyboard artist and art teacher. He has exhibited in galleries such as the ‘Burlington’ in London and the ‘Fel’ gallery in Singapore. His commissions range from prestigious sporting venues such as St. Andrew’s and Gleneagles golf clubs to animal and people portraits.

19th February 2014: Mike Thompson Watercolour – Landscape

Mike is one of the very few artists who use just three colours in all of his paintings. Mike was a member of the Society of Lithographic artists, designers and engravers for over 40 years producing fine art prints for himself and other established artists. Mike will be bringing cards, frames, original paintings, prints and his colour mixing book, all available to purchase.

19th March 2014: Pascale Bigot Mixed Media

Pascale was born in Tulle, France. She moved to Versailles and began painting in watercolour, which she exhibited and sold in Paris. When Pascale came to England she decided to try pastels which she uses in her demonstrations as well mixed media. Simplistic in her paintings she is a delightful demonstrator.


2012-2013 Programme

April 18th 2012 : Annual General Meeting

May 16th 2012 : Gerald Green Watercolour – Street Scene

Gerald has been a professional artist since 1987, having originally trained as an Architect. His watercolours and oils have featured in solo and group exhibitions in many public and private galleries both in the UK and abroad. Gerald’s paintings are impressions of places and events from everyday life. His approach is to interpret the essence of his chosen subjects with an almost casual reality and uses light to energize and invigorate his work.

June 20th 2012 : John Connolly Acrylic – TBA

John trained as an Art teacher at Doncaster and in Drama at Derby University. After teaching Art and Drama for several years, he ran a Theatre company and divided his time between painting, acting and writing but over the last 9 years the bias has been more towards painting. John has a keen interest in landscape painting and is drawn to the bleakest parts of Cornwall, Yorkshire and Derbyshire making the point of interest the horizon where the contrasts of colour, texture and the ever changing light over water enable him to create work with drama and emotion.

July 18th 2012 : Graham Laughton Oils – Landscape

Graham is a landscape and portrait painter based at his studio in Laxton, Nottinghamshire. He works in oils, acrylic, gouache and pastels and has demonstrated and run drawing workshops at Patchings. Graham’s landscapes are in a Post-Impressionist style, focusing on the effects of light, movement and vibrant colours.

August 15th 2012 : Vivienne Cawson Watercolour – Flowers

Vivienne trained in the early 70s in printed textiles. She started her working career designing printed carpets for Europe and the US and also began teaching art and design which led on to becoming Head of Department and working for 26 years in Further Education. She began painting professionally in 2005. Vivienne’s floral watercolour painting focus on pattern, colour and natural form often contrasted with geometric pattern. She aims to produce a spontaneous reaction to a subject and not merely a faithful reproduction.

September 19th 2012 : James Green Airbrush and mixed media – TBA

James is based in Whittlesey near Peterborough and trained as a technical illustrator but turned to fine art in 1996 when the industry moved away from airbrushing onto computers. James has since built a reputation for producing paintings, so detailed, they have often been mistaken for photographs. He achieves this stunning effect by mixing acrylic inks and gouache, applied with both paint brush and airbrush in his own distinctive style. James’s subject matter is very varied including landscapes, cathedrals and fish.


October 17th 2012 : Steven McLoughlin Oil – Sea/beach

Steven was born in 1970 and is a self-taught artist. He had his first commission at the age of 19, illustrating a series of street scenes of Old Derby. His eye for detail was also drawing Steve to wildlife subjects and landscapes. Steven works primarily in oils and finds his inspiration from the North Norfolk and Cornish coastlines as well as the Derbyshire countryside where he lives.

November 21st 2012 : Pascale Bigot Pastel – Landscape

Pascale was born in Tulle, France and after moving to Versailles used watercolour in her paintings which she exhibited and sold in Paris. After moving to England she was looking for a brighter medium and discovered pastels. Pascal will tackle most subjects provided she can visualise it as a simple drawing and reduce it to its essential lines.

December 12th 2012 : Roger De-Havilland Pastel – TBA

Paying his third visit to the Society, Roger, a local artist from Lichfield, has a varied background from art director to fashion photographer. His interests include aviation, architecture and design. Roger’s work has sold worldwide and is in many private collections.

January 16th 2013 : Tony Hogan Acrylic – Seascape

Tony was just 15 years old when he began his formal art education at Bradford College of Art. For 10 years he worked in the advertising industry before deciding to return full time to the fine art sector where he has made his living painting, exhibiting and tutoring. Tony has been running regular courses at his studio in Yorkshire for over 15 years and gives workshops and demonstrations all over the country for leading manufacturers of art materials and for art groups and societies.

February 20th 2013 : Geoff Kersey Watercolour – TBA

Everyone knows and admires Geoff’s work and his demonstrations are always very popular. He lives and works from his studio between Matlock and Bakewell in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales which often inspire his watercolour landscapes. He has published a number of books and DVD’s and can be seen regularly on Sky TV.

March 20th 2013 : Leonard Thompson Painting on silk – Flowers

Leonard spent 32 years in the teaching profession before taking early retirement in 1997. He became excited by the possibilities that painting on silk offered and found that colourful flowers and birds were the best subjects for his approach to silk painting. Most of Leonard’s painting is detailed and controlled but he also likes to experiment with the medium to produce effects that he can incorporate into his paintings.