Mood Indigo by Carole MasseyCarole 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 thirty years.

She returned to her first love of painting initially gaining a reputation as a portrait painter. Her subjects have included members of the royal family and show business personalities. Amongst several TV appearances Carole took part in the BBC’s ‘The Big Event’ which featured a giant reproduction of John Constable’s "The Hay Wain".

In June 2014 she was honoured to have her painting of Sir Charles Bean, retiring deputy Governor of the Bank of England, chosen as his official portait. It now hangs in the Bank of England. Have a look at it in the Portrait section of the GALLERY page.

Ella by Carole MasseyCarole is a professional painter and popular 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 2010" competition with her painting in acrylics "Reflections 3”, featured in the GALLERY. She has exhibited at the SWA exhibition at the Mall Galleries and has taken part in various exhibitions in Brittany.

As a best-selling author she has written books on how to use water soluble pencils, painting flowers in acrylics and figures in watercolours. Her 96 page book "Drawing Masterclass - PORTRAITS" is a bible for aspiring portrait artists. She has also contributed to two large compendium books on drawing techniques and acrylics. The latest book "Drawing for the Absolute Beginner" will be published in 2017. All are published by Search Press, the UK’s leading art and craft publisher - see PUBLICATIONS Page.

Carole is now a regular contributor to The Leisure Painter magazine, her first three articles being on Childrens' Portraits (see right). More recently she has written 3 articles articles on "Painting Water and Reflecions".

An online art tuition website, features Carole’s ‘Foundation Portrait Course’, ‘Portraits in Acrylics’ with step by step demonstrations covering every aspect of portraiture in pencil, charcoal, pen & ink and acrylics. Carole has also contributed 'Florals in Acrylics' , 'Still Life in Acrylics' and 'Water Soluble Pencils'.

The Cumberland Pencil Company commissioned Carole to select a special set of 12 pencils for painting portraits, the Derwent “Skintones” set. Have a look at the “Hints & Tips” section of the website to see three step-by-step portrait tutorials by Carole, and a landscape, all using Derwent pastel pencils. 

Carole leads many courses in the UK at the popular locations of Aldeburgh, Flatford Mill and Dedham Hall in Suffolk,  Watershed Studio and Art and Craft Days in Essex - see COURSES page.  Throughout the year she will be demonstrating to many art groups in the Home Counties and Southern England. Look at the DEMONSTRATIONS page to see if there’s one near you!

In 2017 she will be returning to South West France in the midi Pyrenees to tutor another super painting holiday at Manzac d'en Bas. New for 2017 is a painting holiday in glorious Deeside at the Lower Dess Estate, Aboyne, Scotland, which promise to be another inspirational holiday. See PAINTING HOLIDAYS page. for full details.