This page is updated periodically.
I always include any smaller updates (regarding tuition/workshops, exhibiting, etc.) within my blog, which I post to approximately monthly.


Dedham Hall & Big Sky Art 2020.

I will be teaching only 2 residential courses in 2020.  Please book early to ensure a place.  I look forward to meeting you at these two outstanding locations!

New Youtube video now up, and new website coming soon…

All details of these things on my June blog, ‘Dedham Hall….’ here: Blog



NEW ‘VIDEO ON DEMAND’!  (February 2019)

Please visit my Videos Page to view the trailer and/or to purchase the video.


Full course list 2019

Please see the new page on my website ‘Courses 2019‘ including dates and locations for my residential courses in the upcoming year, including full details of my exciting new Scottish landscape course.
1 day & 2 day workshops information is on the Welcome/Tuition page, under the ‘Workshops’ tab, visible as you scroll down.
In 2019 I will again be running workshops at Sandpiper Studio, East Devon Art Academy and Windrush Gallery.

Please join me!


Videos, and video tuition

Here at long last – Please see the new Videos page on my website to buy (or hire) my first ‘proper’ instructional film/video.

Here’s some detail on the content:

“After an introduction to his materials, Jem explains and clearly demonstrates in simplified form some of the key techniques he uses in the featured demonstration painting. He then discusses his composition, based on two reference photographs, before guiding us through the entire half-imperial size painting. Every brushstroke is seen, including zooming into closer focus at times. Jem then shares a selection of his other paintings where similar techniques can be observed, and finally, he revisits the sky to discuss this important part of the painting at greater length, in slow motion.”
Instructional video, 70 mins running time, in Full HD (1920×1080).


(NOW FULLY BOOKED, but let me know if you’d like advance notice of next year’s):  New – Big Sky Art! – 3 day painting break in wonderful North Norfolk location.

10th – 14th September 2018

Please consider joining me for this delight.  In the stomping ground of Wesson, Seago and many notable artists since, I’m excited about teaching and painting in this place, soaking up its unique atmosphere and its wealth of fantastic subjects for the artist.
I could rave on, but probably better for you to see for yourself the huge promise of Big Sky Art’s whole offer, here:


‘Constable country’ – beautiful Flatford Mill, Suffolk.  9th – 13th April 2018

Another stunning location!  Please follow this link for a full description of the course: Flatford Mill


Sandpiper Studio, Wirral, day workshop.
10am – 4pm

£75 including lunch and refreshments.
This workshop will focus on how we can use light and shadow in our compositions to enhance atmosphere, depth, form and visual impact. Our subject will include buildings within a landscape scene. All reference material will be provided and a suggested materials list will be sent to participants in advance of the day.

Please join me!  Bookings here:


Exhibition: 14th October – 19th November, Patchings Art Centre.

The Artist Collection 2016.

I’m grateful to participate in this group show, being one of 6 artists to win ‘The Artist Exhibition Award’ at last year’s Patchings/The Artist Open competition.
I have 6 paintings nicely framed up (my favourite framing job ever!) for this show, and my work will proudly sit on the walls along with several highly regarded artists.

“Our association and friendship with Sally Bulgin, editor of The Artist, began in 1993 when we met to discuss the beginnings of the Patchings Convention – now Festival. We share many values in relation to the promotion and opportunities that art can bring. This very popular exhibition, now in its third year, is the result of our partnership and collaboration, as we invite 10 award winning professional artists from the 2016 competition.”

Address: Oxton Road, Calverton, Nottingham
NG14 6NU  Phone: 0115 965 3479


Competition – Win an original watercolour! Please see September blog post for details.


Paint historic Wells and Somerset countryside – Now booking for 2018

I’m delighted that I will be tutoring the above painting holiday with Alpha Painting Holidays in 2018 (6th – 9th May).
My tuition will cover everything I consider most important for successful watercolour landscape painting, and will feature full group demos and attentive guidance for each individual.
You will be most welcome whatever your current level of painting, and together we’ll have fun whilst making progress!
Further details of the holiday can be found here:

Please contact me for any further information, or Matthew or Gill at Alpha Painting Holidays, on 01934 733877 or by email:


Update May 2017

Workshop news

Next year (7th & 8th June 2018) I’ll be running a two-day workshop in Sidmouth, Devon, at the East Devon Art Academy.  For details and bookings please visit the EDAA website, here:
This will include some plein air painting, weather permitting, and is aimed more at intermediate level rather than beginner.

Sandpiper Studio workshops
There are still a few places still left on my one day workshop for intermediate/improver painters this September 2nd at Sandpiper Studio on the Wirral.  I’m also running a workshop there the day before on the 1st September, that one aimed at complete beginners, or those who’ve not painted for years and want to get started again.  For bookings please visit:

I’m looking forward to visiting the Wirral, and will be staying a couple of extra days to do some plein air painting of the area, just for me!

I’ll be running a 6 week Beginners course again this Autumn in central Bristol, at The Folk House (Weds evenings from 1st November) and also a one-day workshop for complete beginners on Sat 21st October.  These need to be booked through the Folk House, but only once they release their Autumn term prospectus later in the summer:

Exhibition news

I’m really pleased to have had a painting accepted for a third year running to the Patchings / The Artist & Leisure Painter magazine Open Exhibition 2017.  My gratitude to the judges!
I enjoyed doing a demo at last year’s Patchings festival, but unfortunately I can’t attend this year’s as it coincides with my Wye Valley painting holiday.  However I will be part of a group show at Patchings later in the year, as one of 10 award winners from the 2016 competition.  I’ll have 6 of my best works in the exhibition (which will be entitled ‘The Artist’s Collection’) running from Saturday 30 September until Sunday 19 November 2017.  For details of Patchings festival/exhibition, and later the group exhibition  please visit:



New in, for anyone who lives further North, I’m delighted that I will be running a couple of workshops at
The Sandpiper Studio, on the Wirral, for the first time, in September 2017:

I’m doing one day for beginners, and one for ‘Intermediate’ level – i.e. people with experience of watercolour, but wishing to improve.
The content will be different for each workshop.  Please contact me for further information.  Bookings are made through the Sandpiper Studio itself – contact details via the link above.




New – Windrush course! (NOW FULL)

I’m honoured to announce I’ve been invited to run a day workshop next year at James Fletcher-Watson’s former home, Windrush House and Gallery. The date is the 25th of May 2017.  
Please join me in the beautiful Cotswolds, where weather permitting we will paint en plein air, with perhaps some time also taken in the studio.

Bookings are made through Windrush Gallery, details of which are here:
Tel: 01451 844425



Next term’s Beginners’ course

Spring term fully booked.  Next course Autumn term.

If you would like to join me for this 10 week course at the Bristol Folk House please book now.  Places are limited to 10 and the course does fill up.  Details can be found here, but feel free to contact me if you would like more information:

Patchings awards, and Painting Holiday 2017

I had a painting accepted for the Patchings open exhibition again this year, and this time it won two awards (!).  The Artist Exhibition award, which means I will be back at Patchings Art Centre again some time next year (date tbc) as part of a group show with several other excellent painters, and also The Daler Rowney.
The painting was ‘Turf fen windmill’ which you can see in the Studio gallery page.
I visited the Patchings Festival this year for the first time, to demonstrate on the Alpha Painting Holidays stand, along with Steve Hall.  Alpha are now taking bookings for my painting holiday with them in The Wye Valley, July 2017.
For further information on the holiday please don’t hesitate to contact me, or Alpha directly at:

Please join me for what is sure to be a very enjoyable week.

SAA, Artist of the Year 2016 competition.

I have been awarded Best Professional in the  ‘Landscape or Woodland Scene’ category in this year’s competition.  But unbelievably, I’ve also been awarded Best Professional in the category of ‘Waterscene, boats or seascape’.
Of course I’m quite amazed.  Below are my entries, ‘Towards Blakeney from beyond the saltmarsh’, and ‘Fishing boat and paraphernalia at Aldeburgh’.  
My thanks again to the Society for All Artists, whose competition and exhibition provides enormous encouragement (and exposure) for all artists (true to their name) at different stages in their development or career, from beginners to professionals, and in all types of media, subject and style.

Towards Blakeney from beyond the saltmarsh. For sale.

Aldeburgh fishing boat. For sale


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May 2014 – Award!

I was recently informed that I have won the SAA’s (Society for All Artists) ‘Artist of the year 2014’ prize. I am of course completely happy and amazed, and have decided to retire. My entry was the plein air painting entitled ‘Burnham Overy Windmill’.
greetings-cards,t_eI’m also very pleased to have been awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ in the Patchings Open competition 2014 for ‘Low tide, Wells Next the Sea’, also a plein air painting. This one will be displayed on the Patchings website from the beginning of the festival.

Both paintings can seen here on the Plein Air gallery page and both are currently unsold, if you can be tempted.

I was also pre-selected for the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Annual Open exhibition this year, but didn’t make the final cut. It is the first year I’ve entered these last two, so I’ve got to be pretty happy with it all, and indeed I am.


My painting ‘Across the weald from Malling Down’ (see Gallery 2 for this one) will be in the ‘New Visions’ group show at The Grant Bradley Gallery in Bristol. The exhibition runs from June 7th to August 2nd and will contain a broad variety of art. More info here: