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Paul Riley

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At the age of 15 Paul Riley’s artistic career began when the Royal Academy accepted one of his works for their Summer Exhibition. At that time he was the youngest painter to have work exhibited at the Academy. Since graduating from Kingston Art School in 1965 Paul has had many solo and group exhibitions both in the UK and Europe, and further afield in Kuwait and Australia. Primarily an oil painter and printmaker, Paul also became fascinated by the medium of watercolour. In the last 20 years Paul has established himself as one of Britain’s leading watercolourists.

Coombe Farm Studios was founded in 1983 by Paul with his wife Tina, Paul continues to be our lead tutor and lives on site. He teaches watercolour and oil painting both at Coombe and abroad. He has written three bestselling instructional books on watercolour, his third “The Magic of Watercolour Flower Painting” is due out in June 2015 with an accompanying instructional DVD. He contributes regularly to The Artist Magazine and he lectures and exhibits worldwide.


Pure watercolour relies on transparency. The special quality that is embedded in a beautiful watercolour relies on light passing through the particles of paint to produce the painting luminosity. No other medium does this – hence my continued fascination, and why I will never stop experimenting with it… I will be asking you to look in a special way, to look in depth and to look and create with a sense of  adventure


Watercolour roses by Paul Riley


Upcoming Courses

October 2020

£395 – £640

Watercolour Painting Autumn Colour & Skies

Tutor: Paul Riley
October 18 @ 5:00 pm - October 23 @ 2:00 pm

Painting in the Autumn provides a rich palette of colours: deep rich reds, golds, yellows.. and incredible skies. Devon is a great place for painting both, out in the landscape beside the River Dart or on majestic Dartmoor National Park. These are explored both in the landscape (taking quick sketches and photos if the weather is bad) and in the studio by the warmth of the log burner. Although the main emphasis will be on capturing the rich colours of…

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March 2021

£395 – £640

Watercolour Painting – Abstract Landscapes with Paul Riley

Tutor: Paul Riley
March 14, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - March 19, 2021 @ 2:00 pm

This course is designed to explore the process of abstracting from the figurative world of nature and to careful editing and composition to leave space for your watercolours to ‘breathe’. The landscape tradition in watercolour has been long established. The methods and techniques are familiar to beginners and advanced alike. This course proposes a refreshing new way of tackling the much loved English and even International landscape. An exciting and adventurous new method of looking involves abstraction To abstract, needs…

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