“I cannot express how much of a game changer my one-to-one tuition with Tom was. My weakness in painting as always been getting too focussed/bogged down with detail. Tom, explained and demonstrated the power of simplicity and how to ‘build’ a painting. The lesson made a massive impact, especially with regards to value and temperature relationships. I have already booked my next session which I eagerly look forward to. Thanks again.” 
– Jon

I offer one to one or group tuition. I charge per head with a maximum group size of 4.

Lessons take place in a variety of Bristol locations from the Avon Gorge, to the harbour side, depending on what you want to learn more about be it landscape or urban.  The lessons can be catered for absolute beginners or more advanced painters. I teach the fundamentals of “painting what’s there” or “capturing reality” which is what the vast majority of plein air painters are interested in, I find. If you’re after something a bit more avant-garde, then my class would not be for you.

I can travel to meet you within a 40 mile radius of Bristol, at an extra charge of 40p per mile, each direction, so a 40 mile trip would be 80 miles total x £0.40p = £32

Topics covered would include the following:

Choosing a subject/painting spot
Arranging a compostion
Measuring/sightsize drawing
Mixing colours that match what you’re seeing
Judging tone accurately
Brushwork/mark making

Having your own equipment and transport would be a must. You can watch my equipment video for an idea of the basics. Please email me to enquire about making a reservation. Mon-Fri 9-5pm works best for me, but weekends are possible.

I am a patient teacher that will listen to your painterly frustrations and do my best to help you through them. It would be really helpful if you emailed me some images of your work, particularly pieces that are good examples of the things you are struggling with and want to improve on, then I can get a good idea of where you need the most guidance. Coming to the lesson with a list of specific things that you want me to focus on will help you get the most out of our time together.


1-3 hours £35 per hour

4-6 hours £30 per hour

Gift Vouchers

If you would like to treat a friend or loved one, I can provide gift vouchers to the value of an amount of your choosing.


Here’s an example of what I teach - Drawing sight-size from life while matching tones and colours accurately.