Tuition & talks



A six week course on zoom covering all aspects of maritime art, from creeks to coast, boats and harbours, oceans and sea life. Join me live every week for an in depth tutorial and then study at your own pace with the recordings. Wherever you are in the world, this is going to be fun! Book here :


Sketch and Sail 5th – 11th May – Oban to Barra

Our first ‘Sketch and Sail’ in September was such fun that we’re going to do it again next year – at least once, possibly more. Join me for 6 days sailing the brigantine Lady of Avenel, sketching our way gently under sail in the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Islands. Here’s a taster video of what we got up to amongst the stormy skies and stunning landscapes of the islands this year…


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No sailing – or art – experience is necessary – you’re welcome to help with sailing the ship, or simply enjoy the view and spend all day sketching! This year’s Sketch and Sail booked up very quickly so let me know as soon as possible if you’d like to reserve a place. Non-sketching friends and partners are welcome too of course.

Sketch and Sail in Cornwall – 5th – 8th July 2024

Skipper of the beautiful pilot cutter Tallulah has invited me to bring my paint box on board for a voyage from Falmouth to ‘Sea Salts and Sail’ festival in Mousehole, Cornwall. This tiny harbour hosts a feast of traditional boats during this weekend and the best way to see it all is by being part of it. There’s so much to sketch you won’t want to stop! There’s room for a small number of sketchers to join us, no experience necessary, just the desire to have a go…. full details and booking here:


I’m available for small group and individual tuition if you want to get together with a couple of friends, or have a one to one session for help on a particular aspect of your work. Sometimes you just need a few new techniques to get you unstuck and re-inspired.


Sketching in Antarctica is the favourite topic for talks this year, of course! I can give slide shows, sketchbook demonstrations and show you why sketching your world is so completely different to taking photographs.

For yacht clubs and sailing organisations I do talks or workshops on marine art, illustrating your log book and the challenges of sketching whilst sailing round Cape Horn!

My art workshop ‘menu’ includes: watercolour surgery, how to draw, working from photos, how to paint sea and sky, line and wash, colour mixing, creative doodling and card making, how to keep a sketchbook – anything connected with watercolours and drawing.