Regional win for photography student…..

We were thrilled to hear that one of our photography students entered into a Sony photography competition in conjunction with The Metro and The World Photography Organisation and has been chosen as the regional winner for Wales.

Nicola Cooper is currently studying with Rona Cox on our Photography Diploma Course and she is very excited about her photograph being displayed in London. Nicola said…

“My photo will be exhibited in Somerset House, London at the end of April for two weeks – I am amazed! There is a page whereby the overall winner is to be decided by Facebook “likes”. Can I ask you all to perhaps get behind me and simply click “like” on my photo on the World Photo Website >> My photo is of the horse wandering through the frost which you can see below….thanks so so much”

We wish Nicola all the best in this competition!



Success for Pet Portrait Student…..

Gabrielle Marlow emailed the college recently to let us know of some fantastic news and how she was getting on after completing the pet portraits diploma with myself. I am always thrilled to hear from my past students and love to hear of their successes. I hope you find Gabrielle’s story inspiring, don’t forget to visit her website here –


A couple of years ago I decided to do the pet portrait diploma through the London Art College with teacher Melanie Phillips. The course was just what I needed and really taught me to take time to work out details of animals and everything related to creating a good painting of pets.

Since then I have worked quite steadily at the business side and have received a good number of commissions. I created a website and posters, business cards, flyers, and now I’m making some fine art cards of my work with my details on the back and selling some framed  prints of the artworks as well.

Something rather exiting happened to me last year. I had a poster in the local vegetable shop and a lady saw my poster, which gave me a very good commission. The events manager of the Summer Show jumping Classic CSI-W called me and asked me if I could paint the prize for this year’s competition at the International Equestrian Centre in Sydney. She asked me to do a painting of world cup qualifying champion Billy Raymont jumping on his stunning horse.  I was also to be there on the opening night where they talked about myself, the artist and then I had to hand over the painting to the prize winner.

It was a really great experience, the winner loved the painting and I’m doing next year’s prize too and this will be a painting of Jenny Sheppard jumping her horse. The commissions are size 40cm x 50 cm and done in oils.  I was able to promote the animal portraits and equine art this way as I was also invited to display some more of my work. The painting was also used for all the advertising of the Show jumping competition and appeared in various Horse Magazines and on all brochures. The same will happen with the next painting. I look at other artists and see that I still have quite a way to go to get to the high standard that some artists have achieved, but I’m happily working towards that.

Gabrielle Marlow


College website painted in student artwork….

On my daily travels moderating the student forum, helping out where ever I can with students questions and artwork, I happened upon this fabulous watercolour created by a student studying our Drawing and Painting Diploma. One of the submissions for the course is to paint a view looking towards a window. The student has not only painted a beautiful view but has very cleverly included his monitor within the scene along with our college website on the screen! I thought this was fabulous and asked the student if we could showcase it here. we wish this student the best of luck with his submission, looking forward to seeing more paintings from them in the coming weeks and months.


Graphic Design Diploma Student – Tea Bag Design

Vanessa Weaver, tutor for the Graphic Design Diploma, emailed me recently to ask if I would add one of her students artwork on the blog and website. Christine is doing extremely well and you can see some of her recent work below.

Vanessa said…

“Christine has just finished the Packaging study unit of the Graphic Design course and I really like the way she went about sourcing ideas. Christine chose to design a box of tea bags. Initially she listed potential names for the product, along with a variety of quotes that she found. These eventually inspired her towards the final design route. The surface graphics are lively and fun and demonstrate how effective research can empower ideas.”

We wish Christine the best of luck with her next design work and im sure she is going to have a great career ahead of her!