Mood Indigo by Carole MasseyCarole has been a professional 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 nearly 30 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.

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".

She was very honoured to have her painting of Sir Charles Bean, retiring Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, chosen as his official portait to hang in the Bank of England. Take a look at Carole's other portraits here.

Ella by Carole MasseyCarole 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 gallery. She 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 last book, "DRAWING for the Absolute Beginner is a bible for aspiring artists. She has also contributed to two large compendium books on drawing techniques and acrylics. Due out in February 2021, her lastest book, "The Beginner's Guide to Drawing Portraits" is now avaiable to order on Amazon. All books are published by Search Press, the UK’s leading art and craft publisher - see the publications page for more detail.

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

An online art tuition website, features step by step classes on Drawing Portraits, Portraits in Acrylics, Painting Florals in Acrylics, Painting Still Lifes in Acrylics and Water Soluble Pencils Essentials. with step by step demonstrations covering every aspect of each subject.


In 2021 Carole will lead many courses in the UK at the popular locations of Aldeburgh, Flatford Mill and Dedham Hall in Suffolk, as well as Watershed studio in Essex - see COURSES page.  Throughout the year she will be demonstrating to many art groups  - have a look at the DEMONSTRATIONS page to see if there is a course running near you, or get in touch to ask about private tuition on the TUITION page

Look at the  PAINTING HOLIDAYS page. for full details and prices of Carole's painting holidays to Exmoor, Devon and to Italy in 2021.