Programme 2019-2020


15 May 2019 Rupert Cordeux-

Landscape in watercolour

In 2000 Rupert won Channel 4’s Watercolour Challenge.  A member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society he demonstrates his watercolour techniques to art societies.  Examples of his work are to be found in numerous private collections in Europe, America, Asia, the Middle East and Australia.  He always paints directly from whatever subject he has chosen.  The pleasure of being out in the countryside, in a great gothic cathedral or a remote village church, play an important part in helping communicate his enthusiasm for the subject into the painting.


19 June 2019   Amanda Jackson – Beach/light with figure in oils

Amanda has been a professional painter for 15 years and a tutor and demonstrator for almost as long.  She studied at Northampton University in the 1990s for a degree in Art and Design but has gained most of her technical art knowledge since leaving art school.  Amanda’s aim is to empower other painters with sound technique and good thinking habits and practices which can radically improve a painting regardless of medium.  She loves to paint ‘light’ but is interested in every kind of art from abstract to decorative and realism. She likes her demonstrations to be informative, inspiring and entertaining.



17 July 2019   George Boyter – Pitstone Mill in watercolour

George is a professional artist who lives near Oxford although he originally hails from Scotland.  After an award winning career in advertising he renewed his love for painting in watercolours by studying with the renowned master of the medium Alvaro Castagnet, He will take us through the four stages of a successful watercolour painting ie drawing, wash, wet in wet and dry brush. He will show us how to create drama out of a boring scene.


18 September 2019  Tom Shepherd – Moroccan Street in oils

Tom started his art career creating custom artwork on guitars using graffiti pens.  Making a move towards a brush and more traditional mediums opened up a whole new world to Tom and he hasn’t looked back since.  He loves to paint in oils and acrylics and more recently has started exploring watercolour.  Whilst Tom loves painting a wide variety of subjects, especially if the light is doing something interesting, he is always drawn back to the place where his first two passions met:  painting wildlife, birds in particular.  His studio is based in Alcester, Warwickshire and he teaches regularly throughout the year, running his own workshops, also demonstrations for art societies.


16 October 2019  Jenny Aitken – Harbour with boats in acrylics

Jenny lives in Derbyshire on the edge of the Peak District and her studio faces north-west towards the peaks, however her roots are in Alderney in the Channel Islands so the sea is in her blood.  Movement, light, atmosphere and the experience of a place is what inspires her in a painting.  Jenny works in oils and acrylics and paints direct from the landscape.  She travels regularly to hold workshops and demonstrations, also working as a guest writer for ‘The Artist’ magazine.

20 November 2019  Christine Adams – Large flowers wet-in-wet in watercolour

Christine began painting in 1981 as a hobby, using watercolour only as an outdoor sketching medium, but her interest gradually became more focussed on watercolours and she developed her natural talent to become the extremely accomplished watercolourist that she is today.  A member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society, she holds demonstrations and workshops across the Midlands.  Christine has held demonstrations at our Society before, so it will be a pleasure to welcome her back


15 January 2020  Pat Ryan – Landscape in mixed media

Pat Ryan is a self taught artist/art tutor living in the Midlands area.  He paints and teaches in all media including watercolour acrylics, oils, pastels, coloured crayon ink, graphite, charcoal and general mixed media.  A member of the Sutton Coldfield Society of Artists, he holds solo exhibitions and has exhibited at Birmingham Society of artists.  Pat is a lovely man with a good sense of humour, a very poplar demonstrator and we shall be pleased to welcome him back.



19 February 2020  Kara Strachan – Landscape in acrylics

 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 wondering through woodlands with canvas and acrylic paint, capturing in her painting the seasonal atmosphere that nature creates.  Kara exhibits her original work extensively around the country enjoying exhibitions in historical houses.  Her studio is at present at ‘The Art Loft’ Curborough.  In March she will be moving premises to a larger gallery/studio still at Curborough Craft Centre, Lichfield. It will be a pleasure to welcome Kara back to our Society



18 March 2020  John Hopkins – A city centre in watercolour

John studied illustration at Birmingham College of Art and has enjoyed a career as a successful freelance artist, working in all mediums, but specialising in watercolour.  He prefers to work in a fast, loose, impressionistic style always with the emphasis on good drawing skills.  John enjoys giving demonstrations to art societies and teaches painting to groups of adults. He undertakes private commissions including more detailed animal studies and tries to find time to indulge his passion for en plein-air painting and figurative work.  John is a member of the RBSA and also a member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society.