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Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco

Featured Tutor 


 Ilaria was born in Genova, Italy, in 1967. Ilaria's ancestors were a family of Florentine Renaissance painters, the Rossellis. She followed classical studies in Rome and subsequently trained as an illustrator but soon turned to oil painting, taking classes and teaching myself through the study of Old Masters. Ilaria been living in London since 1999.

Her work has been selected for the BP Portrait Award, the Threadneedle Prize, the Lynn Painters Stainers Prize, the New English Art Club and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition. She shows regularly in galleries in UK, France, Italy and US, and her paintings are in private collections in several European countries as well as in the US and in Hong Kong.

Adele Wagstaff

Adele Wagstaff has been shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the BP Portrait Award, and her work has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, Royal West of England Academy and the Canadian Portrait Academy. 

She trained at Newcastle University and the Slade School of Fine Art where she focused on working from the nude in sustained poses. Her practice continues to explore the human figure, anatomy and portraiture through drawing and painting.

Adele has written two books: Still Life Painting in Oils, 2012, and Painting the Nude, 2015, both published by the Crowood Press.

Sam was educated at Harrogate College of Arts and Technology, and Cleveland College of Art and Design. Sam has exhibited in the 2003 BP Portrait Award, was shortlisted for the Bulldog Bursary in 2009, and has exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters every year since 2010. Sam was elected as a Member of the RP in 2013. After graduating, Sam began to engage more fully with the disciplines of drawing and painting from life. Sam has painted the playwright Alan Bennett, and since early 2013, Sam has drawn eight Fellows of Trinity College Cambridge, including Sir William Timothy Gowers.

Andrew is a highly sought after Artist and tutor, who has worked on many commissions of prestigious public figures. Winner of the Carroll Foundation Award in 1998 and the Changing Faces Award in 2013. Andrew featured on BBC’s Star Portraits and was elected Vice–President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 2008.

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 Alex Fowler   

Alex Fowler was born in London in 1975. After taking a Foundation Course at Chelsea and a Degree in Art History at Edinburgh University Alex studied painting at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art in London, where he was awarded the Heatherleys Prize. In 2004 he was elected a member of The New English Art Club.

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Graham Webber

Graham is an elected member of The Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Institute of East Anglian Artists. His love of landscape oil painting stems from the adaptability and responsiveness of the medium as well as his family connections to the landscape. East Anglian painters such as Edward Seago, Harry Becker and John Constable are constant sources of inspiration. Most of Graham's paintings are influenced by changing atmospheres and appreciation of nature and the landscape itself whether at home in East Anglia or further afield.

He was commissioned to write oil painting and drawing chapters in a book entitled 'Artists Painting Techniques' published by Dorling Kindersley and was the consultant artist for 'Artists Drawing Techniques' by the same publishers. He writes articles regularly for The Artist Magazine, has been featured in Artists and Illustrators Magazine and is listed in 'Who's Who in Art'. Graham's paintings have also been used on set for the BBC.

Claire Haward

Clare Haward studied at art at Camberwell College of Art and Leeds University. After an initial career in Arts Management, Clare returned to her painting practice, spending a year at Cyprus College of Art and several years at the Jerusalem Studio School. She has undertaken painting residencies in Germany and Italy, has been awarded an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Scholarship and is an elected member of the New English Art Club. She currently lives in London, where she teaches painting and drawing to adults and is represented by 155a Gallery.


Anastasia Pollard trained at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Florence Academy of Art. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions in Pennsylvania and London. Her portraits have been seen in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ Annual Exhibition (2005, 2006 and 2007), winning the Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture, 2009. Pollard’s work has been included in the BP Portrait Award Exhibition in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

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Merrie Curtiss-Fuller

Merrie Curtiss-Fuller was born into a family of artists in 1981. She accompanied her parents to countless exhibitions and developed a passionate and totally absorbing desire to paint. In 2004 she was awarded a first class B.A. Hons  in Fine Art from Christ Church University and went on to obtain her Master of Arts at the same university in 2005. Her work has featured in many prestigious national and international exhibitions and resulted in her winning important awards.

Robert Wells

 Robert E. Wells is a Yorkshire-born artist, known for his cityscape paintings as well as rural landscapes and figurative works. A member of the New English Art Club and the Royal Society of British Artists, he regularly exhibits his work in solo shows, mainly in the UK. He moved to London in 1988 to study for a Masters Degree entitled The Illustration and Rendering of Architectural Spaces at London University. Prior to that he had studied at Batley Art College and worked for several years as an Architectural Illustrator. 
Finding inspiration in the towns and cities that he visits, Robert E.Wells seeks out unusual views of familiar landmarks and scenes – encouraging the viewer to see places from a different perspective.

Tom Stevenson

Tom was born in 1984 and is based in Devon where he works from life to create paintings that follow a path between figurative and abstract styles to explain the light and colour of his surroundings. 


Tom is drawn to subjects such as the coast, figures and the dramatic skies seen over the surrounding countryside. Away from home, Tom frequently paints the architecture and busy streets of London and abroad. 


In his paintings Tom relies upon the uncontrollability of oil as a medium to build a fresh and organic surface. His work is underpinned by a strong composition and is often constructed around a simple compositional idea or collection of colours which form the starting point and focus of the painting.

Ian Rowlands
Jennifer McRae

Jennifer McRae studied painting at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen from 1987-1992 and received a First Class Degree in Fine Art. Since 1988 her work has appeared in group and solo exhibitions in Britain and America, and she has won numerous awards including the BP Travelling Scholarship in 1999. In 2008 she was the first Prize Winner in the RWS Sunday Times Watercolour competition and was also for the third time a Prize Winner at the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition held at Mall Galleries in February 2013. Best known for her distinctive portraits, she has had work commissioned from the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Ian Rowlands was born in Liverpool in 1959. He studied at Norwich School of Art 1980-83, under the supervision John Lessore, John Wonnacott and Edward Middleditch. This was followed by three years graduate study at the Royal Academy schools, 1984-87. Ian  has focussed mainly on portraiture but more recently has embarked upon studio paintings based on the landscape. An interest in the raw materials of the artist led him into teaching and writing and he has contributed to the number of publications including ‘The Guardian & Observer guide to painting’ 2009, ‘The Artist Magazine’ and

‘The Artists’ & Illustrators magazine’. He is the author of ‘Foundation Course, life drawing’, published by Cassell in 2005. He has exhibited widely, including The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Ruth Borchard Portrait Prize and The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize where he was awarded a runner up medal in 2016.

Aside from his studio practice Ian teaches at Heatherleys School of Fine Art, The Slade Summer School and short courses, and The Royal Drawing School.

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