Simon Watkins

Biography and work of Simon Watkins

Simon studied History of Art at the University of York, and drawing and painting at Charles H Cecil Studios in Florence. He has worked from his studio in London since 2012 and has exhibited in the European Museum of Modern Art, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and the Portrait Society of America, among others. Much of his time is spent painting portrait commissions.

“Simon is a very good teacher. He has a very discerning eye and offers very good advice. His introductory talk about painting as well as his advice throughout was very informative.” Margaret Collins

Excellent, very knowledgeable, I felt I gained more knowledge this time of approaching portrait painting i.e. sight size basic measurement markings, simplifying in to block shapes and painting background in at beginning stages to help judge the values.” Mark Beaney

"To draw and paint from life is a privilege; it’s an opportunity to observe and communicate something of the world we experience"