James Willis

James Willis

Architecture, Italian Landscape and Art History

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For me painting is a way to explore the world and its people, to communicate my ideas about them and share my experiences.

James is a lively and enthusiastic tutor.  As a painter he is well known for his large views of Italian cities in oil, acrylic and watercolour. You may recognise him as a frequent contributor to The Artist magazine. He lives in Hertfordshire.

James has a BA Hons in Fine Art and Music as well as an MA in the History of Art.  His works are in private and public collections including with the Soane Museum (where he was the Resident Artist for some years), Luton Hoo Hotel and the Bentham Collection.   He lectures on painting techniques and concepts, Georgian Architectural Drawing and its historical context, the development of British Art in the 18th century and art in Renaissance Venice.   A number of his master classes – tackling oil and watercolour painting – can be viewed on YouTube.  Details of his exhibitions, workshops and painting holiday are on his website.