Information on our tutors

Sharon Bradley

A  background in art and gardening led Sharon to a Diploma in Botanical Illustration from the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, where she now teaches the continuing Botanical art class.  A plants woman through and through helps enormously in understanding the accuracy required in recording botanical subjects in a life like manner and Sharon has recently completed a commision for Curtis Botanical Magazine to add to the list of work she now has in several private collections.  Creating a fun yet encouraging environment means that space in Sharon's private classes are in high demand and stude

Simon Williams

Simon has been interested in the natural world, horticulture and orchids species from a young age. This led him to train as a Natural History Illustrator at The Bournemouth Arts Institute on a National Diploma course. Simon went on to complete a further two years study on a Higher National Diploma course. On qualifying, he focused more on botanical artwork to exhibit with The Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) and The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

Steve McGloughlin

Steven began painting professionally, initially working commercially for publishers and clients.  A self taught artist Steven works primarily in oils, developing the paintings on location, and finishing the pieces back at his studio.  The British coastline and countryside have been Steven's inspiration for many years taking him from the east coast of Norfolk, Derbyshire were he lives and down to Cornwall.


Sue Vize

Sue Vize SBA

Having always appreciated the beauty of the garden and countryside, Nottingham based artist Sue Vize SBA finds her inspiration in the most simple of shapes found in our natural surroundings.  Within the traditions of botanical illustration, Sue draws from life using graphite pencil or coloured pencil, occasionally painting in watercolour, capturing onto paper the very essence of the plant, recording every leaf fold and tiny detail.

Sue Wharton

I have worked as a full-time artist since 2014 and work from my studio in Chesterfield. I specialise in painting with melted pigmented beeswax, a technique called encaustic painting. Most of my smaller works, which are mainly abstract landscapes or flowers, are produced using the painting iron and heated stylus whereas my larger works of animals, including pet portraits, are painted using a paint brush and heat gun.  My work has been displayed in several exhibitions and several of my paintings have received awards.

Susan Christopher Coulson

Susan has worked as a professional botanical artist using her favourite medium of coloured pencils for fourteen years.  Her work has gained her many awards including two RHS gold medals.  She is an experienced tutor with an art school background and exhibits frequently.  Her work is in collections in Europe, the USA and in the UK, including the Shirley Sherwood Collection at Kew Gardens and the Sheffield Botanic Garden Florilegium.  She has been commissioned commercially and by a museum and her work appears in several books on botanical art.  She is an elected member of the Society of Botan

Susan Hillier

Susan has been a professional artist since leaving Art School in 1970. For several years Susan worked as a freelance illustrator for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, dissecting herbarium specimens to produce black and white scientific illustrations. She has painted prize winning orchids for the Royal Horticultural Society, and has RHS medals, including gold, for her paintings. She has been commissioned by British Rail, Tesco, McMullen s Brewery, The Law Society, The Police College, and many private and commercial clients.

Tim Rose

Tim Rose works from life whenever possible in order to capture the natural atmosphere and illumination of his subject, often sketching and painting in crowded places.

Tim Rose has a degree in fine art and has worked professionally for 20 years, exhibiting widely, including with the Royal Watercolour Society, The Royal Institute of Watercolourists and many provincial galleries throughout the country . He has work on a regular basis in many galleries including The Ingleby Gallery, Derbyshire, and the Dukeries Gallery, Worksop.