Students exhibition!

Come and check out the current display at Barnstaple's Boston Tea Party, of varied and accomplished work showcasing the talent and skill of my regular Painting Workshop/course students.


Mel Bartlett

Lesley Loader

Theresa Bateman

Colin Brown


Forming a small and regular group, after initially all joining together on one of my extremely popular 2day expressive and experimental workshops, the group have been developing and exploring their own creative voices. I wanted to give this space over to them to give them a platform to show off their work and be proud of what they have achieved so far!


Having the freedom and the guidance over the last few months has seen a dramatic leap in the quality of their work, from mark making, through to composition. The secret is playing and letting go, allowing the paint to dictate and surrendering the need to control!


I encourage them to work big, to explore methods and materials and experiment!The range of courses and workshops available run from one day through to 3days, where anybody of any ability can learn, improve and develop.

It’s about investing in you, having a go and believing. We are all creative, sometimes we just need an extra helping hand to realise this and the support and guidance to start following our dreams and unleash our creative voices!

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Wire Workshops!

Wow...well some seriously good work produced on my most recent introduction to wire workshop. I think you will agree the creations are fantastic, quirky and well...brilliant! Take three complete beginners, add a smattering of wire, buttons, tools and fun...a wonderful working studio environment and some expert tuition and the results speak for themselves! I am running a couple more wire workshops this year before christmas. (please see the 'news' page) but am more than happy to run workshops on request and any 1:1 private tuition...please contact me directly to discuss. I will publish the reviews from tonights attendee's as soon as i have them available! Don't just take my word for it...what could be more fun, therapeutic and uplifting than an afternoon/day/eve with friends, a home cooked lunch/refreshments and wine/drinks making wonderful works of art for you to keep! Fact....these workshops are what the doctor ordered! :) Rb 


Work in progress!

Its been a busy week here in Hannaford in the studio. Art Trek kicked off on Saturday 10th September, so between painting and being messy i was busy trying to get the studio is a state fit for the public! Rather an Art in itself! It was great to meet some new people as they slowly filtered through the studio door and generally chat with them, and show them some of my work. Typically i had decided i would go and create a really huge painting so it was a delicate manoeuvreing guests around this, let alone myself! 

The large painting in situ! and a wonderfully full and vibrant studio awaiting visitors!

In the meantime as well as experimenting with large and more expressive paintings i have been getting stuck in with a new commission! Some wonderful clients of mine have decided that after many years, it is time for a change and a revamp of their living room, and felt a personalised painting of a rural landscape adorned with wild flowers would look fantastic as they main feature of the room, where an existing mirror is places. Below you can see some images tracking the paintings progress! There is still work to do, but i am pleased with the paintings development so far.

Some new dates are also in the pipeline for some winter wire workshops and a one day introduction to experimental and expressive painting so look out for those on the news page! There are certainly some exciting developments on the way so keep those eyes peeled!


Please do feel free to come and visit myself and the studio this weekend from 11.30am - 5pm and tuesday 12pm - 5pm, all welcome, and join me for a cup of tea and some cake! RB