The Tutors

Catherine Osbond

Catherine is Director of East Devon Art Academy and teaches most of the regular courses.                                                                                                                    She studied Architecture at University College, London and Fine Art and Printing at Middlesex University. She has also studied at the Gage Academy in Seattle USA and at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. 
For over twenty years Catherine taught Art and Design at various schools and colleges of Further and Adult Education. She is a practising artist who specialises in the human form and expressive landscapes. She works in all media but especially in oils, acrylics, watercolour and mixed media. 

Catherine is represented by major galleries throughout the South West. 
In addition Catherine has illustrated books and has had greetings cards published.

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Matt Culmer


Matt is a practising artist and teacher who specialises in oils and acrylics. He works mainly from the landscape and is interested in the traditional form of oil painting. He has studied at the Florence Academy of Art and with various prominent British artists.

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Hannah Twine


Hannah trained with Nicholas Beer at the Sarum Studio who is also Senior instructor at the Charles Cecil Studios, Florence and this traditional training filters through into her own teaching.


Hannah teaches adults and children in art, from complete beginners to more advanced artists.  Her classes are friendly and confidence giving, with positive and clear advice, promoting techniques to help you draw what you 'see'.  Hannah specialises in 'life forms' such as human portrait and animal subjects."


Hannah is unfased by most subjects and happily flits between portrait, wildlife and landscape works of art.  Capturing light is nearly always a key feature and sound draftsmanship cements her work with an accurate looseness.




Chris Forsey has been a professional painter for 25 years after pursuing a successful career as an illustrator.

His main interests are in painting the landscape. He enjoys the pursuit and representation of fleeting light, atmosphere, weather and time of day and season in his work. He takes his inspiration mostly from coastal, countryside and architectural subjects.


He works in acrylic, mixed media and watercolour, on paper and canvas, using unusual tools and techniques to produce textures of broken and glazed layers in his loose,

representational paintings. He works quickly after careful planning of content,

composition and colour and he hopes to exploit the serendipitous effects of

water-based media to create exciting, spontaneous work.


His work is shown in many galleries in England and Scotland, and he was                   


the RI, in May 2010, and a member of THE SOCIETY OF GRAPHIC FINE ARTISTS,

SGFA, in 2009.

He has made 5 DVD’s for Townhouse Films  and has a book published by



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David Poxon was born in the Industrial heartland of England, but now makes his home in the rural countryside of Shropshire. U.K. He is an elected member of the prestigious R.I. (The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours) and has served on the R.I. Council. He is also a signature member of N.W.S (The National watercolour society of America.

Over the years he has won many awards and accolades for the precision and craftsmanship of his paintings. He is the author of two books on drawing techniques and has contributed many articles to the Art Magazine press and has appeared in numerous art books.

 His new 188 page book Watercolour Heart & Soul is now published (ISBN 978-1-9098 13-38-0) to worldwide critical acclaim.

Painting in pure watercolour medium he uses a painstaking multi glazing technique, with sometimes up to 20 layers of transparent paint, each in turn delicately modulating the colours beneath. There is no white paint used at all in any of his works preferring instead to preserve areas of the natural paper, his paintings can take many weeks in the making.

A recurring theme in his work is the reclamation by nature of that which man has created and abandoned, finding renewed life between object and environment. In 2018 David organised and curated the first International Watercolour Masters Exhibition in the UK. In 2022 he will present a much-expanded IWM featuring 42 of the world’s elite watercolour painters at Lilleshall Hall Shropshire May 16 to May 29

IWM Event info at

David has recently completed an online workshop course for Domestika which is now available worldwide.

David uses Schminke Horadam Artist watercolours, Bockingford NOT paper from St Cuthberts Mill &  Escoda brushes.


AWARDS recent partial listing

London R.I. Royal Institute London, Critics Award

Pakistan Lifetime Achievement Award

San Diego USA AWS Global Award

Paris Salon International  Alizarine Medale d’ honour

New Orleans USA International First Prize

London R.I. Winsor & Newton prize at the annual Royal Institute exhibition  Los Angeles  National Watercolour Society of America Presidents Prize.

Shanghai Biennale First  prize of excellence








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Paul Weaver


Paul Weaver is a full-time artist, tutor and demonstrator. His primary inspirations are light and atmospheric effects. Townscapes, markets and the bustle of the city are favourite subjects, as well as landscape, marine and coastal scenes. He specialises in watercolour, but also enjoys working in oil, acrylic and line and wash.


Paul has exhibited successfully for many years and won awards at Patchings Arts Festival, the SAA Artist of the year and has been a regular category winner in the popular 'Bath Prize' competitions. He is a demonstrator for St Cuthbert's Mill and is a regular contributor for 'The Artist' magazine. He is an elected member of the Pure Watercolour Society.


For further examples of Paul's work and details of his teaching DVDs, please visit his website at

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Stephie Butler.


Her work is expressive, loose yet detailed, conveying feeling in every brushstroke. A trained draughtswoman, almost entirely self-taught in watercolour, each piece contains the keynotes of design and emotion.

Awarded Associate Membership of the SWA in 2014, following work regularly being selected for exhibition as a non-member in the prestigious Mall Galleries in London. 

Stephie's work has been featured in a book on watercolour technique and in the International Watercolour Society catalogue. She was also a previous featured artist on Artists and Illustrators on-line.

Her work is regularly selected for exhibitions in the UK where she has achieved best in show and a solo exhibition. She teaches both home and internationally and her art is in private collections across the UK, USA, Europe and UAE.


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Roger Dellar 

Roger Dellar is a figurative artist who works in oils, pastels, mixed media, acrylics and water based media.  His interest in observing people in their environments has influenced him to record and interpret them, capturing light effects. 

He regularly exhibits in galleries in the UK and has several one man exhibitions.  He is represented in America by the Peninsula Gallery, Delaware USA. 

Roger has been in major exhibitions with The Royal Water-colour Society at the Bankside Gallery, The Pastel Society, The Royal Society of Marine Artists, The New English Art Club, The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and The Royal Society of British Artists, all at the Mall Galleries, The West of England Academy (Bristol) and The Royal Academy London.

Roger is a member of The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, The Pastel Society, and The Wapping Group.  He is President of the Haslemere Art Society.

Glyn Macey was born in Newlyn, Cornwall in1969.

He completed his HND in Graphic Design at Falmouth School of Art in 1991.

Since leaving college, he has lived in Penzance, Cornwall, his work developing in response to the unique environment of West Cornwall.

He also worked as a successful designer until 1998 when he 'retired' from designing in order to devote his time solely to painting. Glyn Macey's paintings can be seen in many collections world-wide and his design work is found in many major high street retailers. 2001 saw the publication worldwide of posters by The Art Group and limited edition silkscreens by CCA Galleries.


He can often be found roaming the harbours, moorland and coast of his native                                                           West Cornwall, sketchbook in hand recording the details of daily Cornish life and                                                         history. Such sketches are in turn used as the basis for the studio paintings.

Using acrylic, mixed media and an array of mark making techniques he                                                               endeavours to capture the underlying essence of the landscape, the essence                                                             that shapes the landscape and the people who live in it. Many people see a                                                           continental look to his paintings. This is explained by his many visits to the                                                               South of France, Spain and the Mediterranean. Closer to Glyn's Cornish home,                                                           the summer landscape of West Cornwall has the same Continental feel.

Glyn uses acrylic, pencil and collage to gain the spontaneity of his work and the                                                          'happy accidents' that he loves. By building and glazing colour he is able to gain                                                          a rich depth. He believes that the unexpected unity of colour and texture in                                                            mixed media can often create the most exciting results.

Glyn's paintings can be seen at select galleries around the U.K.

Glyn Macey 



Jenny Aitken

                                                                        I live in Derbyshire, on the edge of the beautiful Peak District. However, I have strong family roots and connections to Cornwall and the Channel Islands, and the sea is in my blood.

Since graduation in Art & Art History from seaside university Aberstwyth in 1998, I have exhibited all over the UK and won several awards, including Derbyshire Artist of the Year in 2008 and most recently, highly commended in The Artist 2019 and festival choice in the 2019 Buxton Spa prizeI’m currently represented by several galleries, including The Harbour Gallery in Cornwall and Jarva Gallery in the Peak District. You can also view and purchase daily studies, paintings, prints, calendars and cards from my own online gallery.

I love to write, and am a regular contributor to The Artist Magazine, having just finished a 12 month series on painting in acrylics. I began tutoring and demonstrating ten years ago, and have found it to be the most satisfying aspect of full time artistry. I run online courses, available here, and am now a registered tutor at Truro Art School. I will be tutoring art holidays in 2021 in Italy and the Pyrenees. Teaching has become an absolute passion – my main aim is for students to be encouraged, informed and creatively enthused.




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