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 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".

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 to hang in the Bank of England. Take a look at Carole's other portraits here.

Ella by Carole MasseyCarole is not only a professional painter she is a 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 the South East of England and 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" and the latest one, "DRAWING for the Absolute Beginner are bibles for aspiring artists. She has also contributed to two large compendium books on drawing techniques and acrylics. All 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 Childrens' Portraits (see 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.

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. 

In 2018 Carole will lead many courses in the UK at the popular locations of Aldeburgh, Flatford Mill and Dedham Hall in Suffolk,  Art and Craft Days in Essex and The Old School Studio in Cambs - see COURSES page.  Throughout the year she will be demonstrating to many art groups across the UK. Look at the DEMONSTRATIONS page to see if there is a course running near you, or get in touch to ask about private tuition.

Look out later in the year at the  PAINTING HOLIDAYS page. for full details of holidays in 2019.