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Mary Ann Mackenzie.

My mother, Valerie Mackenzie was a painter all her life so growing up I was surrounded by oil paints and canvases and the smell of turps was never far away.There were visits by wonderful artists coming in and out of the studio day in day out and with this rather unorthodox childhood it was inevitable that I should end up at Art School, firstly Chelsea School of Art Foundation and then Central St. Martins for a BA hons. degree in Textiles and Applied Arts. Soon I found myself running a small company doing specialist paint finishes, riding the housing boom of the 80’s and 90’s and building up a reputation that carried me and many assistants later through 20 years of getting inside some wonderful houses all over the world.

Teaching followed, primary children first and then adults here in Devon where the demand has grown from strength to strength.




Louise Banks.

Along with working as a fine art tutor for Learn Devon Louise Banks also runs her own drawing courses and workshops in local community centres and galleries.  Having trained at Goldsmiths’ College London she has over thirty years’ experience of teaching art to children and adults.

As a practising artist she has exhibited work in London, Hampshire and Bristol galleries and art fairs. This includes venues such as the Air Gallery in Dover Street and The Affordable Art Fair, London. She mainly works in oil paint, inks and more recently watercolour. Along with ongoing figurative/life studies, living on the Exe estuary has inspired paintings of the water and local harbour scenes. Media work includes an interview and demonstration on Channel four’s The Afternoon Show and a feature in Country Living Magazine.

Having been taught by a pupil of Cecil Collins she has been very influenced by his particular ideas and methods and incorporates these into her own drawing courses. The aim is to provide a calm space where risk taking and exploration of techniques and materials are encouraged. It is a process-led approach with a focus on experimenting with materials to discover all their unique qualities and how each material can best describe form.

“Paintings are but research and experiment. I never do a painting as a work of art, all of them are researches. I search constantly.” This Picasso quote informs much of her teaching.

The spontaneous and academic are not seen as mutually exclusive, both expressive and traditional skills are covered. Learning to ‘see’ rather than just ‘look’ is at the core of every course.

While a personal art website is in progress, examples of work can be seen on the Devon Artists Network website

Current artwork and projects can be seen on Instagram @lou_inst_art

Examples of both Devon adult learners’ class work and her own work can be found on


Hugh Dunford Wood

Hugh Dunford Wood has worked as an artist designer since his student days in the 1970s at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford.  It was as though his military father had planted an onion and up came a daffodil.

He paints landscapes and portraits; he also designs textiles, crockery, jewellery, neon and wallpapers (<>).  He has worked with The National Trust, Paul Smith & Yoshi Yamamoto, and many other national & international designers.

Portraits of film makers and poets, families and death masks, landscapes and engravings have been the staple of his art, with which he has worked as Artist-in-Residence with the Royal Shakespeare Company, with the Globe Theatre in London when it first opened and at the Museum of Bermuda Art in 2009 for the 400th anniversary of their first settlement.  He was also Artist in Residence with the Church of England in Fulham.

He enjoys engaging with professionals in other disciplines and cultures.  Inspired by his mentor Peggy Angus, Hugh loves to exchange skills and experience, and encourage others to find their own creativity.

His work is solidly based on observing the natural world combined with a practical sense of design. This brings an integrity to all he makes. There is often a playful quality that is rooted through working with his hands, and more recently lino-printing with his feet.

Hugh has always been keen to demystify and disseminate the role of the arts, co-founding the first Open Studio Weeks in Britain in 1983, in Oxfordshire, and the Lyme Regis ArtsFest in 2003. He also curated the pop-up National Gallery of Lyme Regis for Dorset Art Weeks.

Hugh’s occasional Wallpaper Design Weekend Workshops are unique, attracting students from all over Europe & the Far East to his studio in Dorset.

He is a member of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, the Chelsea Arts Club, Artist Member of the Royal Western Academy, and Visiting Tutor at West Dean College.  His work is in the collections of The V&A, the British Council, The Bodleian Library and various Oxford Colleges. 

He has exhibited work throughout Britain, and in Japan, Europe, Iceland, the USA, India, Brazil and Bermuda. Recent shows include The Munich Handwerkskammer Exhibition, the Other Art Show, London, and the Ruthin Centre for the Applied Arts.



Hannah Twine

Hannah works as a professional artist selling her work in galleries whilst also specialising in animal & human portrait commissions.  Most of Hannah’s training has been with Nicholas Beer, Senior instructor at the Charles Cecil Studios, Florence.  In addition to the portrait works, Hannah also paints landscapes ‘en plein air’ enjoying the energy and spontaneity that painting outdoors offers.


Katrina Paul

Brought up in a small village in Mid Devon in the 60’s I was born into a family of artists.
My first introduction to textiles was an awareness of boxes of beautiful Liberty boxes of fabric that
would occasionally arrive on the doorstep. From these fabrics our Mother would make herself the
latest fashions from London and and clothes for her four small children.
Since that time I’ve loved buttons, threads, fabrics and the fun you can have making things with
I studied Graphic Design at Exeter College Art and Design in the 1980’s and learnt hot metal
typesetting, printing and illustration.
I’ve been lucky enough to have textile work included in family exhibitions at the Rooksmoor
Gallery in Bath and Simon Drew Gallery in Dartmouth in the 1990’s.
Currently I’m working on a hand appliqué quilt, machine embroidery and kantha inspired hand
stitched textiles.


Gillian Burbidge

Gill studied Fine Art at University of Plymouth and has been teaching accredited courses in Fibrecrafts since 2007.  A  practicing artist, in painting, printmaking and eco printing, research interests include  the “Role of Art in the Expansion of Identity”.


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