Alla, born in Ukraine, lives and works between London and New York. She is currently in the Master Program (MFA) in painting at the New York Studio School, studying in the ateliers of Dean of the school Graham Nickson, and that of Judy Glantzman and Kyle Staver. Alla studied classical painting techniques at Heatherley’s and also received training in Italy, France, India, and Belgium. Her paintings are concerned with portraying the gure in bold and rich colours. Personal memories, auto-fiction and invented mythologies run through her im- ages, frequently of friends, family and even herself. They explore and extend the understanding of portraying the figure by playing between the observed subject and the artist’s imagination, the insight given by her sitters and the paint itself.
Martin is a portrait and landscape painter working from a studio in the Fulham Gasworks. He is working on a steady stream of portrait commissions and has had his work published in two recent art books. He runs the plein air days for the Society of Fulham Artists and Potters and shows his work in their exhibitions. Constant entries into the RP and BP Portrait exhibitions have yet to win acceptance, but persistence will hopefully be rewarded. He is building up a body of work for a solo exhibition soon.
Based in West Ealing, Laurence has a BA from Oxford Brookes University, studied portraiture at Heatherley’s and continuing studies at The Chelsea College of Art. She has exhibited locally twice with the Ealing Art Group and twice in the Ealing Open Exhibition at the PM Gallery. Her latest group exhibition was at the London Oratory School. She also takes commissions.
Based in Cambridge, Katherine has a History of Art degree, a Diploma in Portrait Painting (Heatherley’s School of Fine Art) and was Picture Editor for HarperCollins for ten years. She has painted prolifically for the last twenty years; increasingly concentrating on her passion for painting people. Fascinated not only by capturing likeness and character, but also in distilling the intimate interaction between the artist and sitter; she works directly from life wherever possible and is happy to travel to do so. She enjoys painting both quick oil sketches as well as larger formal portrait commissions and she has paintings in the collections of several Oxford and Cambridge colleges.
In 2015 Stuart was offered the chance to study at Chelsea College of Arts, part of University of the Arts London, one of the most prestigious art colleges in the world. He was fast tracked and offered a scholarship for their MA Fine Art course. Since graduating Stuart has been tipped as a rising star in the art world with his work being included in private collections in the UK and also being featured in a specially curated Recent Graduates’ Exhibition at the Affordable Arts Fair in London.
Hero lives and works in south west London. Her exhibitions include The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize,The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition,The New English Art Club,The Discerning Eye, Hogarth’s House ‘Small Self’ and The Royal Institute of Oil Painters. Hero was shortlisted for both the Bulldog Bursary and the RSPP Self Prize in 2013 and was a regular contributor to Artists & Illustrators magazine 2010-2014. She won the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Changing Faces Commission Prize 2015 and in 2016 she was awarded the New English Art Club Drawing Scholarship.
Christine lives and works in Esher. She spent her early childhood in Africa and was educated in Brussels. After an international modelling career she devoted time to bringing up her family. Extensive travelling informed her passion for art and she acquired skills in batik, Chinese brush painting and porcelain painting before turning to portraiture in acrylics, watercolour and oils. After numerous art courses around the world and in the UK, Christine gained a Diploma and Post Diploma in portraiture at Heatherley’s. She has exhibited at Parallax Art Fair and Pintar Rapido as well as with the Lots Road Group.Apart from portraits Christine is interested in painting animals and landscapes.
Sharon Low is a Croydon based artist. For her, making art is a contemplation of life, telling stories of tragedies, happiness, laughter and tears. Sharon studied at the Australian National Art School, Sydney College of the Arts and Heatherley’s, as well as short courses at the Slade, City Lit and Morely College. Her work has been regularly selected for exhibitions at the Royal Academy, Mall Galleries (Royal Society of British Artists, Society of Women Artists, New English Art Club) and the Bankside Gallery (Royal Society of Painter Printmakers).
Viviana’s home studio is in Notting Hill. She specialises in oil portraits. From 2005-2010 she painted with artists Massimo Geloso in Milan and then completed the Diploma and Post Diploma in Portraiture at Heatherley’s in London in 2013. Born in America of Italian parents, Viviana is fluent in several languages. Viviana’s degree in Business Administration and double major in Marketing and Computer Programming, allowed her to work in these fields in the late 80s, early 90s.
Sarah Jane Moon specialises in portraiture and has exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the New Zealand Portrait Gallery among others. In 2015 she was awarded the Arts Charitable Trust Award and in 2013 the Bulldog Bursary for Portraiture. She has also been included in the 2016 Pride Power List, which celebrates the achievements of notable LGBT people. She is a supporter of Stonewall UK and Terrence Higgins Trust. She has qualifications in Art Theory and Curatorial Practice and teaches painting in London and Sussex.
Maureen’s paintings, although figurative, begin with abstraction and often maintain some of this in the finished work. Using colour and line to create the forms that interest her, developing some areas more than others, all her paintings have a strong basis in drawing. Her work is informed by memory and the world around her conveying something of the aliveness, frailty and depth that exists in people. Exhibitions include the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Royal West of England Academy and The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. She is a member of the Printmakers Council and a director of Park Studios, London.
Hilary has been painting commissioned portraits for about 10 years, after an earlier career in the law and the charity sector. She has a Diploma and Post Diploma in Portrait Painting from Heatherley’s and has exhibited withThe Royal Society of BritishArtists,The Society ofWomenArtists and at theVictoria andAlbert Museum. Paintbrush aside, Hilary is a director of fringe theatre company “Let Them Call It Mischief”.
Colleen lives and has her studio in Cobham. Her passion has always been art and she studied Fine Art at Chelsea. Several commissions by Burberrys followed, requiring a series of paintings for their Knightsbridge windows. Colleen has had three solo exhibitions – one in the UK and two in Austria – and shown at The Mall Galleries for The Pastel Society, SWA and The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize. Five years studying portraiture at Heatherley’s, including the Diploma, has culminated in two commissions by Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and one by SOAS of their Vice Chancellor, Sir Cyril Philips.
Lucinda works from her converted cowshed on the outskirts of Alfriston in East Sussex and continues to pursue her interest in figurative painting. She recently had a solo exhibition at Pelham House in Lewes where she exhibited a series of paintings of Fishermen, Fishmongers and Chefs. She regularly attends life drawing sessions at Charleston Farmhouse and in Newhaven.
Following a successful career as an Art Director in magazine publishing, and with a degree in graphic design, Sarah returned to painting. She had originally studied fine art and now also has a Post Diploma in Portraiture from Heatherley’s. Sarah’s work is predominately gurative, mainly portraiture, in watercolour or oils. She works on commissions from her own studio. She has exhibited her work in London and Sussex. Sarah has been a trustee of LADVAA, an adult art charity in Lewes, where she still helps run a life drawing class and is on the committee for her local Arts Festival.
Based in Chiswick Sarah has a BA from St. Martins School of Art and a Diploma and Post Diploma in Portrait Painting from Heatherley’s. Recent exhibitions, awards and publications include The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Pastel Society, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Arts Club Charitable Trust Award and PAINTING THE HUMAN FIGURE by Atul Vohara.
Elizabeth lives in West Norwood and works from her garden studio. She has a BA in painting and printmaking from Glasgow School of Art, a foundation diploma from Wimbledon School of Art and the Portrait Diploma from Heatherley’s. She recently exhibited with The Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Mall Galleries and in the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition at Kings Place Gallery. She is now included in the Ruth Borchard permanent acquisitions.
Mark is a Wimbledon-based figurative painter. After a career in the oil industry he started painting in 2007, training at Lavender Hill Studios, Clapham and then Heatherley’s, completing the Portraiture Diploma in 2011 and winning the final year prize. In the same year, he had a painting accepted by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. He exhibits annually with the Lots Road Group. Mark’s style has been described as painterly realism. He tries to work from life to bring authenticity and vitality to his work.