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Joe Francis Dowden

Joe Francis Dowden painted his first landscape in watercolour at the age of six, with tuition from his father, himself a painter. He trained at Epsom School of Art and Design and Teesside Polytechnic. Early contact with some fantastic painters was a major contributor to his development as an artist. He was brought up in the rural backwoods of Southern England where he now lives and works. He travels whenever he can to gather source material for his paintings, sketching on site rapidly and prolifically. Joe is an accomplished watercolour painter with an international reputation.

His work has sold in many galleries and is sought by collectors worldwide. He constantly writes books, presents TV programmes and writes regularly for art magazines including the SAA. In the past he demonstrated for several manufacturers and is well known for his advice on good art materials.

He is a master technician at painting the countryside and internationally renowned for painting water, everything from a muddy puddle in a lane to beautiful reflections on a lake. He captures light bouncing off different surfaces and uses many techniques to achieve this. He works hard when running a course and with his sense of humour he makes students feel at ease.

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Demonstration by Joe Dowden

Water in Watercolour

A Demonstration by Joe at the Bells Hotel on one of our painting holidays in the Wye Valley in June 2016, c/o Jason Reakes

Reflections in Watercolour