Many people belonging to art groups or botanical societies have been affected by the impact of COVID-19. A lot of classes, residential courses and workshops have been cancelled or suspended.

As a way to continue learning in botanical painting, online tutoring sessions are available with Simon. These sessions allow you to be painting in your own home and on set dates, email images of your artwork for tutorial advice and how to progress with the next stages.

Suggestions and guidance on pigment mixes, composition, botanical accuracy and how to improve three-dimensional qualities will be covered during these learning sessions.

Practical video demonstrations in paint application will not be included but to aid visual learning, Simon will create digital notes on your artwork using Photoshop to redraw, add in colour or modify tones where necessary.

This method of tutoring does have the added bonus that you can see visual suggestions when required which you can print out - a digital benefit to working this way.

Critique. If you have botanical artwork that you would like a written critique/feedback on but do not have the time for a practical session as outlined above, this can also be arranged.

Exams and Moderating. Simon has 7 years of experience as the Course Director and Diploma moderator for the Society of Botanical Artists Distance Learning Diploma Course along with 20 years of tutoring at residential courses in the UK and lecturing in Europe.

For more information on any of the above or to book onto an online tutorial session, please contact Simon directly. Email:

"Simon's online tutorials are an excellent way of enabling continued progress in botanical or wildlife painting. Through Photoshop Simon is able to pinpoint areas for correction or improvement, suggest suitable colours and light and dark techniques, giving easy to follow structured advice.
During lockdown this has been a brilliant method of keeping painting, focused, purposeful and rewarding."
Sheila Corner.

"I find Simon's courses are always appropriate for my ability. His reaction to one's work is positive, giving the encouragement to persevere. He does not overload with too much instruction or information at any one time, leaving a sufficient period to implement his suggestions, with a successful outcome."
Chris Rimmington.