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About Carole

Carole has been a professional, self employed artist all her working life. She studied art at St Albans School of Art and then at Leicester College of Art & Design (now De Montford University) before following a successful career as a commercial artist running her own design business for 25 years.

She returned to her first love of painting, quickly gaining a reputation for her sensitive and timeless portraits. Her subjects have included members of the royal family, celebrities and leading public figures.

She was very honoured to have her painting of Sir Charles Bean, retiring Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, chosen as his offical portrait to hang in the Bank of England.

Take a look at some of Carole's portraits in her gallery here.


Carole is a professional painter and popular art tutor and demonstrator whose work is in private collections in Europe, the USA and the Far East. She is an accomplished all-rounder working in watercolour, water soluble pencils, acrylics, pastel, water based oils and mixed media. She was runner up in the Artist and Illustrator magazine in their "Artist of the Year" competition with her painting in acrylics "Reflections 3”, featured in the galleryShe has exhibited at the SWA exhibition at the Mall Galleries, across East Anglia and in France.

As a best-selling author she has written books on how to use water soluble pencils, drawing and painting portraits, painting flowers in acrylics and figures in watercolours. Her lastest book, "The Beginner's Guide to Drawing Portraits" is available on Amazon.  "DRAWING for the Absolute Beginner  has been described as "a bible for aspiring artists". She has also contributed to two large compendium books on drawing techniques and acrylics. All books are published by Search Press, the UK’s leading art and craft publisher - see the publications page for more detail.

Carole has contributed to The Leisure Painter magazine, having written articles on Children's Portraits (right) and Painting Water and Reflections.

In 2023 Carole is leading many workshops, demonstrations and courses across the UK at the popular locations of Aldeburgh, Flatford Mill and Dedham Hall in Suffolk, as well as Watershed studio in Essex. She has recently started workshops local to her in Suffolk, in Leiston and Trimley St Martin. See courses/demos page for all information.

If you want a more intimate, and exclusive experience being taught one on one by Carole, get in touch to ask about private tuition or a commission.

See the tuition and commissions page of the site for details.

For something more exotic, take a look at the painting holidays page for full details of upcoming trips to stunning locations in Jersey, Italy and Provence in 2024!

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