Hester Berry

Tutor Bio

Hester’s practice is rooted in traditional representation and methods, but she is constantly challenging her understanding of “painting” and exploring ways paint can represent effects such as light, time, movement and climate.

Having grown up in rural Devon, Hester was always interested in landscape and the environment. Her traditional university training in Aberystwyth nurtured this interest and also led her to explore life drawing and portraiture. After continuing her studies to complete an MA in Fine Art in Wimbledon, she taught life drawing and painting in Brighton and London. Hester recently returned to live and work in Devon.

Her paintings and drawings widely within the UK, and sell privately all over the world.  Hester has won several awards and was shortlisted for the BP Portrait Prize, Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year and Landscape Artist of the Year.  


“Hester was excellent, very knowledgeable, professional, and approachable. Presentation was full of depth and weight. Hugely helpful. Loosened my paint strokes. A privilege to be taught by a female artist.”

“Brilliant! Hester’s guidance and encouragement have been excellent. Thanks very much Hester! Lovely demo painting as well. Also well explained about her process, really insightful. Really enjoyed today.”

“Excellent tutor. Was very informative and encouraging. Went away pleased with what I achieved with my painting – it’s inspired me to work on far larger canvases.”

“Thorough and interesting background ‘lecture’ and excellent demo/teaching both didactic and practical. One to one input was really helpful and challenging in a very positive way. Lots to take in, to reflect upon and inform.”

“Just fabulous. Hester is a very engaging teacher who explains her process really clearly.”

“Friendly, very relaxed. Lots of useful tips and information.”


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