Ann Witheridge | www.annwitheridge.com
Founder & Director, London Fine Art Studios.
Ann studied Art History at Christ’s College Cambridge and has been teaching drawing and painting in the atelier tradition for nearly twenty years. She began teaching at Charles H Cecil Studios, before co-founding Lavender Hill Studios in 2004. She now runs London Fine Art Studios.
Ann loves teaching, drawing and painting in equal measure. She regularly writes for art periodicals and gives workshops in Museums across London, including Leighton House Museum. Her most random (therefore most coveted) award was Best in Show at the Orford Flower Show.
Small pleasures: Culture vulture, being outdoors, surrounded by nature, friends and hanging out with her girls.
Favourite artists (dead and alive): Constable & Titian, she loved them as a young student and they have never let her down!
Scott Pohlschmidt | www.scottpohlschmidt.com
Scott Pohlschmidt’s training as an artist and sculptor began at DePaul University, Chicago. Scott gained recognition for his work early on when he was awarded the Dean’s Art Scholarship, enabling him to pursue classical training in drawing, oil painting and sculpture at the Charles Cecil Studios, Florence, Italy. He was promoted to Studio apprentice and then Chief Studio Assistant, going on to teach representational painting, drawing and sculpture for a further 6 years.
Today Scott brings together over 20 years experience: fine artist, sculptor, teacher, co-founder of Lavender Hill Studios and Director of Lavender Hill Colours art store. He has painted broadcaster Andrew Marr, poets Wendy Cope and Andrew Motion and the Headmaster of Charterhouse, John Witheridge and has developed a body of sculpture commissions. Scott also has specialist knowledge in art materials and is a closet web designer and social media enthusiast.
Small pleasures: Bouldering with Florence and Liberty and, of course, Maria’s yoga class
Favourite artist (alive and dead): Sculptor Håkon Anton Fagerås and well, of course, Sargent.
Joni Hirata Duarte, began his studies in art at Lisbon Art University and completed his MA at City & Guilds London Art School in 2012 whilst also training at Lavender Hill Studios. He is now Senior Tutor at London Fine Art Studios and continues to work as an independent artist, receiving commissions and leading workshops at home and abroad.
Joni has painted poet David Constantine, exhibited at Leighton House Museum and been artist-in-residence at Dulwich Picture Gallery and Central School of Ballet.
Small pleasures: Kendo
Favourite artists (dead and alive): Craig Mullins; Solomon J Solomon; John S Sargent
Archie Wardlaw | www.archiewardlaw.com
Archie studied Classics & Philosophy with Mandarin at the University of Exeter before turning his attention to fine art. He trained for three years at Lavender Hill Studios and now teaches at London Fine Art Studios whilst also working as an artist in his own right.
As well as completing private commissions, Archie has shown work at a Saatchi Gallery exhibition at the Hyatt Regency, London and at ‘Poets in the City’ events with his portrait of the poet Imtiaz Dharker. He has also done several live portrait painting demonstrations at the Affordable Art Fair.
Small pleasures: painting, drawing, more painting, music, golf, rugby.
Favourite artists (dead and alive): Jeremy Mann and Sargent
Christopher Gray | www.caegray.com
Chris studied art at Falmouth University College, focusing on printmaking. He continued his training at Lavender Hill Studios & London Fine Art Studios where he now teaches drawing, painting and printmaking.
Chris is currently developing a body of etchings for exhibition.
Awards & Prizes include:
2013 John Purcell Paper Award & Young Artist (runner up), Pastel Society
2015 Exhibited at Pastel Society, Mall Galleries; featured in Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year; De Laszlo Foundation Scholar; Jacksons One To Watch Award, FBA Futures exhibition
Small pleasures: red wine, reading, LP listening, meandering
Favourite artists (dead and alive): Norman Ackroyd (one of the greatest ever printmakers); The Glasgow Boys in particular Arthur Melville for his use of edges and abstract shapes.
Maria Elisa Moorwood
Maria graduated in Modern Languages from Emmanuel College Cambridge and has worked in arts management ever since. She has enjoyed a varied career both in the UK and abroad, including working at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC and at Arts Council England. She has found her home at London Fine Art Studios herding artists and dreaming up collaborative projects with organisations across the city.
Maria is also a certified yoga teacher bringing a different measure of perspective, colour and anatomy to the artists. She can also be found in the kitchen cooking up treats for Studio events and trying her hand at framing.
Small pleasures: reading, writing, cycling, walking, current affairs & literature festival addict
Favourite artist (alive and dead): Titian, Bernini, Delacroix, Matisse, Picasso, Dégas, Manet, Barbara Rae.
India Amos | www.galleryno15.com
India trained at Lavender Hill Studios and subsequently at London Fine Art Studios where she was also teacher; she recently established her own online and pop-up gallery – Gallery No.15 – representing a carefully selected range of artists, including her new collection based on the natural world. India continues to develop her work whilst helping run Lavender Hill Colours alongside Scott Pohlschmidt.
India’s figurative work was represented by Fitzroy Rock in New York and Hamptons and in London by Foss Fine Art. In 2015 she completed a residency at Central School of Ballet and has also contributed to a series on how to draw/paint the figure for The Artist magazine.
Small pleasures: cooking, learning to sew, walking, trying to convince her husband to buy a dog.
Favourite artists (dead and alive): at the moment – Antonio Lopez Garcia.
Jon Schwochert | www.jonschwochert.com
Jon Schwochert studied Art and Design at Otis College, Los Angeles, before moving to London. Disheartened by the lack of technical training, Jon left university to train in traditional techniques and media at London Fine Art Studios. He completed his MA in Illustration at the University of Hertfordshire in 2015 where he received a distinction for his thesis.
Jon’s drawings and paintings have been commissioned for video games, comic books, medical illustration, advertisements and editorial illustration. He has been published by Nintendo, The Artist Magazine, Manifesto Press and in many smaller publications. He has been a resident artist at the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Central School of Ballet in London.
Currently Jon is finishing his comic ‘Gorky and Izzy’s Trip To Mexico’ while teaching at London Fine Art Studios and taking commissions.
Small pleasures: Jon is the number three ranked heavyweight in the world and fights in International Savate Federation
Favourite artists (dead and alive) – comic book artists Scott McCloud and Eduardo Risso, and the German Expressionist movement.
Michael Gallone | www.michaelgallone.com
After working in IT and attending life drawing sessions in the evenings Michael came to the decision that he wanted to switch careers, in 2014 enrolled at Lavender Hill Studios. Michael continues to study and teach at London Fine Art Studios whilst also contributing to the development and design of the Studios’ website.
In 2016 he was awarded the De Lazlo Scholarship for two consecutive terms.
Small pleasures: reading, comics, cycling, going to museums and attending Maria’s yoga class.
Favourite artists (dead and alive): Gregory Manchess, J.C.Leyendecker or Frank Frazetta
Marian Rowling | www.marianrowling.com
Marian worked for 20 years in advertising before discovering the Studios. She first attended the Henry Yan workshop but soon realised that the school offered everything she wanted to learn in fine arts. Marian hasn’t looked backed since, embracing all it has to offer whilst enjoying the friendly community
The Sculpture studio is Marian’s home away from home, she has been studying alongside Scott for two years and now helps with the teaching; she greatly enjoys introducing new students to the joys of sculpting.
Marian has taken workshops with concept film sculptor Simon Lee and fine artist Valentina Zlatarova. So she is equally happy creating classical work and fantasy pieces.
Small pleasures: cake and baking for her fellow artists. Recently also converted to yoga with Maria.
Favourite artists (dead and alive): Sargent and Jeremy Lipking
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