Information on our tutors

Jeremy Ford

As a versitile painter with over thirty years experience I will help students to learn and enjoy painting in a friendly and informal atmosphere, spending time with each student giving plenty of encouragment explaining various tips and techniques.  I am ideally qualified for teaching the first-time painter as well as the advanced painter adapting my one-to-one teaching to individual needs. I will give plenty of demonstrations to assist in the learning process.  I was the last President of the S.A.A. (Society for All Artists) Demonstrator for St.

Julie Small

Julie Small is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists and an RHS Gold Medallist.  Working in a variety of venues, collection and institutions, Julie has been tutoring for many years and is currently a Tutor for the SBA Distance Learning Course.  Julie works in graphite pencil and in pen and ink and her expertise in these areas has resulted in a demand for her tuition alongside her detailed and exquisite art work.

Liz Wellby

Derbyshire born Liz, is a versatile fine artist, who continues to explore a range of disciplines. Originally trained in sculpture, she currently focuses on lino, woodcuts and monoprinting. The themes of home, countryside and the domestic environment are important to her.
Liz is artist in residence at Scarthin Books at Cromford, Derbyshire, where she is developing her interest in digital art using her iPad to explore the interior, exterior and people.

Louise Mary Muttitt

Having grown up in rural Herefordshire, Louise Mary learned from her mother to enjoy creative projects. Her earliest creations were sewn, but by the time she was at high school she was taking evening classes in silver jewellery design and creation. Even before she went to art college, she had created her first silver jewellery collection!

Maggie Robinson

As a former musician, Maggie finds that seeing the landscape through the eyes, not only of an artist, but also through the feelings of a musician helps her to focus on her own interpretation of the beautiful English countryside. The richly textured layers of work enable her to develop ideas and celebrate through her imagination all that is beautiful ,rhythmic and harmonious and which have all become part of her series ‘The music of the Landscape’.

Paul Curtis

Paul is a professional artist. His work is closely connected with the Derbyshire landscape and he has given regular exhibitions both here and abroad including events at the Royal Academy.  To see examples of Paul's work see

Paul Pigram

Conwy based pastel artist, Paul Pirgram is an experienced pastel painter and tutor and has been painting and teaching pastels for several years having perfected techniques to capture light and shade within a painting.
Working almost exclusively with soft pastels on sanded card and demanding a lot from his working surface applying at least 5 layers of pastel for every painting. This gives real depth of colour especially when painting landscapes.

Ros Franklin

With her passion for plants, and scientific background, Ros delights in sharing her love of botanical painting & illustration, and botany through her courses in her studio in Dorset. Ros also teaches on botanical drawing & illustration courses at The Eden Project, Cornwall, and at RHS Rosemoor, UK.
Ros became Chairman of the Eden Project Florilegium Society in January 2012.

Sandra Orme

Sandra is a keen walker inspired by seasonal colours, ever-changing light, weather and the atmosphere of not only this landscape but also the striking coastlines of the United Kingdom. Drawn to the enduring aspects of these dramatic sites Sandra uses sketches and photographs and most importantly, memories of being there, to recreate a sense of time and place. Working in layers of pastel- exploring variations of colour and texture. The hands-on nature of its application lets Sandra make a direct connection with each work.

Sandra Wall Armitage

Sandra has a wealth of experience as a designer and a botanical artist with a proven track record in successful tuition.  Sandra's experience spans teaching on degree courses, weekend workshops, painting holidays and as a tutor for the SBA distance learning course.  Sandra has also run master classes for textile design studios in Sydney Australia and the UK.  Sandra's designs have been produced internationally on a wide range of products and her paintings are held in private collections in Europe, Australia and the USA.  Sandra is known for her ability to paint complex compositions of group