We’re delighted to report that our talented and inspiring oil and watercolour painting tutor Tom Byrne has just been appointed as the Plein Air Instructor in watercolour, oil and sketching at the Florence Studio-Academy of Fine Arts. Tom says: “Looking forward to showing off the city of Florence, paintbrush in hand!”
He’s also looking forward to wielding his paintbrush on his week-long course at The Watermill.
Tom J Byrne was a pupil of our friend Michael John Angel, Director of Studies at the Angel Academy in Florence – and ‘Johnny’ Angel was in turn a pupil of the great portrait and fresco painter Pietro Annigoni. So Tom has an impeccable artistic pedigree. We like his work so much we recently gave one of his paintings of Florence to a special friend for a special birthday present.
Tom is from Ireland, where he studied and worked as an artist for 20 years, but for the last 15 years he has been living between France and Italy. In his workshop Tom will demonstrate in both oils and watercolours. He says: “The simplicity of watercolours means they are a fantastic way quickly to grasp the principles involved in seeing and painting. Oils give us a very robust and powerful painting which is more easily appreciated by an audience.”
Here’s some praise from former students. One said: “Tom Byrne is a charming host as well as a superb artist. He set up an easy and congenial atmosphere with fantastic food and plenty of wine. Tom is also an inspiring teacher. He’s serious and fun at the same time.” Another said: “Tom Byrne made the experience a special one by creating a friendly, collegial atmosphere among the guests with relaxed, interesting conversations over delicious Italian dinners. There was comprehensive tuition tailored to suit all levels of experience. I was amazed how much I actually painted while thoroughly enjoying myself.”
Oils and watercolours
To learn more about Tom and his course at The Watermill, please click here.