2018 / 2019 Meetings

All meetings are held at Duncombe Drive Day Centre on the third Thursday of each month from September to May.
With the exception of the Christmas celebration evening and the AGM, all meetings start at 8pm and conclude at approx. 10pm. There is a short break at 9pm for complimentary tea and coffee. Non-member guests are welcome for £6 per meeting. Please note that we occasionally have to change a demonstration due to unforeseen circumstances, such as weather or illness.


Thurs 21st February 2019

Keith Morton – Acrylic Pet Portrait

Keith’s art education was gained during four years at Hornsey College of Art. He is an enthusiastic tutor and believes that good observation leads to good paintings.

This demonstration uses the techniques involved in human portraiture, but with a couple more thrown in. All people are built on the same lines, and only vary slightly from person to person. Pets, however, are made in all sizes and have many different shapes of face. The basic approach, then, is the same as for humans … but slightly more varied.

Portraiture is never simple, but employing a few of the techniques and basic rules that Keith will outline can help you to create successful likenesses.

Thursday 21 March  2019 

  Graham Pellow   

 A local Scene in Oil

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British artist Graham Pellow has had a passion for drawing and painting since childhood, particularly  watercolour landscapes. He works in most mediums however, since all have their own strengths and weaknesses. More recently he has worked extensively in oils.

Morning Light On The River Tavy

Whilst traveling the world Graham loves to record the trips using sketch books. He now has an extensive collection, often using these sketches to work up larger paintings. These sketch books have become his prized possessions.

Magic moment in the woods

Creating a painting with atmosphere is always Graham’s ambition, capturing fleeting moments of light, often early in the morning or late evening during the “Golden Hour”.

Having recently moved to Leighton Buzzard he is exploring the rich local landscape for artistic inspiration and is now Vice Chairman/Secretary of Leighton Buzzard Art Society.

Graham demonstrates to art societies in the mediums of watercolour, oil, pastel acrylic and mixed media.

Thur 18th April 2019

David Lewry – Watercolour Botanical

David Lewry and his family live in Bedford where he spends his time teaching and painting the beautiful countryside and villages of the Ouse valley. He is an experienced and sensitive teacher in watercolour painting and drawing, especially aware of the needs of adult beginners or those returning to art after many years. His classes are always great fun as well as providing plenty of practical demonstrations and individual help.

He was educated at Sevenoaks School in Kent and then at St Martin’s School of Art in London. As a mature student he completed a First Class Honours Degree in Humanities with the Open University and has a Diploma in Botanical Illustration awarded by the South West Society of Botanical Artists. He runs a number of very successful courses and specialist workshops in the Bedford area and is one of the resident tutors for Saga and Spirit of Adventure Cruises, travelling all over the world teaching watercolour and drawing techniques. He has also taught the demanding skills needed for Botanical Illustration to Diploma Students on the SWSBA course at the Eden Project in Cornwall and Dartington College in Devon. He is now running and tutoring his own Diploma Course in Botanical Illustration in Bedford.

In 2009 he exhibited at a Royal Horticultural Society London Show and was awarded the Society’s silver medal. His exhibit consisted of twelve paintings on a related theme that represented the diverse range of fruit and vegetables found in Bedford markets, including dragon fruit, pomegranates and coconuts! Each study is highly detailed and can take up to 40 hours to complete. He has contributed to the award winning book Contemporary Botanical Illustration with the Eden Project, written by Rosie Martin and Meriel Thurstan that was voted Practical Art Book of the Year in 2008. He is also featured in their third book Natural History Illustration with the Eden Project.

David’s reputation is rapidly growing as a talented demonstrator as he visits Art Societies and painting groups around the country. Part of his appeal is his easy going style and the use of advanced technology that enables his practical demonstrations to be projected and seen by the entire group.

He is a registered Professional Artist with the SAA and is on the panel of demonstrators representing Derwent Pencils.

Thurs 16th May 2019

Norman Rossiter – Acrylic Wildlife


Born 1950 in Torquay, South Devon. Norman was always interested in painting, drawing, and natural history.

On leaving college in 1969, he moved to the East Midlands, and spent many years working in the below the line advertising and point of sale display industry, working on designs of any thing from cosmetics to car parts, and hosiery to shop fronts.

In 1986 he decided to become a full time professional artist. At this time Normans work varied from Oil and Pastel Portraits (all commissioned) to Seascapes and landscapes. However it was his love of the countryside and natural history which convinced him to specialise in Wildlife and countryside subjects. Many of his wildlife paintings of game birds and wildfowl are commissioned and are held in private collections. His work has been exhibited and sold all over the U.K. and as far a field as Kenya and Australia. He has won many awards for his work, and has had a one man exhibition each year for the last four years.

Norman has a large studio in Lincolnshire where he holds workshops and lesson for all level of artists and he also runs a children art group on Saturday mornings.

To see more of Normans work please visit his website

Thurs 19th Sept 2019
David Wilcox – Watercolour Racehorses

Born in 1950, David was educated and spent his early years in the West Midlands. After studying painting and Art History at Bournville School of Art, he studied under Brendon Neiland, the Photo-Realist painter at Wolverhampton College of Art and Design.

He graduated with an Honours degree in Fine Art in 1978 and followed this with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Distinction at Birmingham College of Art and Design. After teaching in Devon for three years he became a professional artist in 1983.

As a watercolourist David uses the traditional English technique of many transparent washes, allowing the white of the paper to create the highlights. By contrast, in his canvases, David has been using the Baroque technique of pulling the image out of a dark background for dramatic effect. His repertoire encompasses a wide variety of subjects including The Dance, landscapes and figure studies. He is at present collaborating with the Birmingham Royal Ballet in a series of works, exploring aspects of dance with a greater emphasis on dynamic composition and colour.

David’s work is well represented in collections across the British Isles and has been included in exhibitions at Wolverhampton Municipal Art Gallery, Sheffield City Art Gallery, Plymouth City Art Gallery, and has been published in open and limited editions in Britain and New York.

Thurs 17th Oct 2019

Lewis Hazelwood-Horner – Oil or Acrylic Figures

I studied at Central Saint Martin’s school of art and then went on to pursue my passion of painting and drawing at LARA. My training is chiefly centered around the skill of drawing with the ability to draw accurately depicting what I see before me.

The basis to my own practice is draftsmanship and with my solid grounding of drawing and painting I apply these fundamentals of technique to many different mediums.

For more examples of my paintings please visit my website

Thurs 21st Nov 2019

Vicki Norman – Pastel or Acrylic Snow Scene

I just love paint.

And I love to travel. And to teach other people to paint.

That’s it really.

In recent years I have studied with master painters from Italy and the USA, all the time searching for traditional skills and methods which can be applied to paintings of a modern world. I give workshops and classes on various aspects of drawing and painting and also painting holidays for those who want to work outside the studio. I have always been a painter, I graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art Painting and later studied for a teaching certificate specialising in post 16 education. I have won awards for both my teaching and my painting. Recent prizes include Best Painting in Show at Plein air Bermuda in Nov 2017. First Prize at ‘Painting the Parish’ in Dublin in 2016 and Second prize at ‘A Brush with the Broads’ in 2016.

My fondness for travelling and painting has naturally led me into the world of Plein Air painting. Working quickly on location to capture the essence of a time and place encourages a looser, more impressionist style of painting. This puts an emphasis on atmosphere rather than detail, and colour is the vehicle through which I seek to capture light and place.

For more examples of my painting please visit my website

Thurs 12th December 2019

Fiona Pruden – Watercolour Flowers

Fiona began painting in watercolours with the Midland Bank Art Club under the patient and comprehensive tuition of traditional watercolourist Keith Burtonshaw, now sadly deceased. She took redundancy in 2000 to concentrate on her family and develop her obsession with watercolours.

She started the ‘Willow Watercolours ‘ group at the beginning of 2001 based at her home in Welwyn, Hertfordshire, and soon began teaching around the area. She now tutors seven groups each week from beginners, through to more experienced and adventurous watercolourists.

Fiona also presents a series of regular monthly Saturday Watercolour Workshops helping develop ‘Confidence in Watercolours’ through a range of subjects, from Skies, Trees, Wild Seas, Animals, Flowers, Snow-scenes, Starting with Abstraction, Mixed Media Adventures etc etc at Ace Arts, Artscape in Harpenden and the Arts Centre in Ware, Herts

As an active Art Society member herself, she also really enjoys visiting other clubs and societies to present either demonstrations or workshops for evenings, days or weekends. She also tutors private groups and clients by arrangement.

Fiona can adapt her teaching style as required from a traditional approach using a limited palette to much more contemporary work using bright and colourful primary pigments and a loose and splashy, free style.


Thurs 16th January 2020

Tony Jackson – Acrylic Still Life

Tony studied painting at Bath Academy of Art (1963-66). He then taught art in secondary schools for 30 years and was Head of Expressive Arts at a school in Hemel Hempstead. He now paints and exhibits, mostly in acrylics and pastels, and has run many adult art classes in Hertfordshire. He runs a regular private class in Chorleywood, Herts. on Friday mornings.

If you would like to see more of Tony’s work you can visit his website Here