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Soraya French - Expressive Painting in Mixed Medium

  • Art Department of Clevedon School Valley Road Clevedon, BS21 6AH United Kingdom (map)

International Artist and Author, Soraya works in watercolours, oils, pastels, acrylics and mixed media with a variety of subject matters such as musicians, café scenes and African market scenes amongst others. Many of her subjects are travel based including people in everyday life situations. Light and colour are the two important elements in her paintings together with semi abstract passages with a sense of ambiguity.

The workshop starts with introduction to mediums followed by a demonstration of the flowers in the morning to loosen up using acrylics and pastels.  After the demo artists work on their own paintings with individual tuition. In the afternoon a similar process is repeated with a landscape image.

Soraya has received a number of prestigious art awards for her paintings in recent years and many of her paintings can be found in private and public collections both at home and abroad.

Soraya has written three art books (currently writing another one) as well as two DVDs and is a regular contributor to The Artist Magazine. She works in all media but is known for her colourful paintings in mixed media. She is a demonstrator for the US based art company "GOLDEN Artist Colours"  and the "Caran D’Ache" Company. Soraya is also sponsored by St Cuthberts Mill who kindly provide her with watercolour paper annually. She also tutors and demonstrates her painting techniques to art groups and societies worldwide. 

She is an elected member of The Society of Floral Painters, Vice President of The Society of Women Artists and is currently the President of the Andover Art Society.

Her very informative website is here

Soraya’s Studio is at the prestigious "Project Workshops" in Quarley Hampshire, where she works with her husband Tim, who is Director of their Art Gallery and  Workshops.