Meet the ColourWheel team
North Surrey Branch
ColourWheel Partner, North Surrey
Angeli is a Partner covering the beautiful villages in Runnymede and Surrey Heath. Born in Hampstead, London, Angeli grew up in Old Windsor on the Berkshire/Surrey borders and has lived, worked and studied across London. Initially a business graduate, her career followed various roles in buying, sales and marketing, mainly in the IT software industry, providing a rich source of skills for business support. Whilst working and looking after her family Angeli pursued her interest in developing her creative skills through part-time college courses, subsequently graduating with her BA (Hons) Fine Art from the Buckingham Chilterns University College. She enjoys country walks, pottery and DIY, including a project to set up a garden art studio.
Amanda has been involved in Art education for over 30 years lecturing in further education colleges. Teaching across a range of disciplines including drawing, painting, photography, life drawing, graphics and printmaking. Her career progressing from lecturer to head of art design media and performing arts to Director of Faculty of the Arts. Amanda studied Graphics at Loughborough University and completed her Certificate in Education at Hertfordshire University. She continues to practice her own work as a print maker from her home studio, specialising in Lino and Mono Printing, exhibiting and selling in her local area. Amanda is a committed educationalist, passionate about developing individuals creativity. She has worked across a range of age groups from 16+ to 80+ and co-ordinated the access program which is specifically designed for adults returning to education. Amanda particularly enjoys engaging adults in the world of Art.
Windsor & Maidenhead Branch
ColourWheel Partner, Windsor & Maidenhead
Rene is our ColourWheel Partner in Maidenhead and Windsor. Rene has enjoyed a rewarding career as a Food & Nutrition teacher in secondary schools for 24 years. She lives with her husband in Windsor, with her daughter now grown, she transitioned into adult education for a change of lifestyle. Rene who is originally from South Africa has travelled extensively, living in the US and Australia. A very creative person, she continues to teach cake decorating and sugar-craft classes. Rene enjoys meeting new people, she creates a sense of community within her classes, believing the social aspect of art class compliments the tuition to create the perfect environment for creativity and friendship. She looks forward to welcoming you to class.
ColourWheel Windsor & Maidenhead
Erica is a freelance illustrator, designer, artist and teacher. Erica is passionate about art, jewellery design, and visual communication. She has a PGCE in Art Education from Goldsmiths College and a BA (Hons) Illustration from Southampton Solent University. She has taught art in local schools for many years as well as teaching art to adults in various settings. Erica also facilitates workshops for clients such as The Tate and The Wellcome Trust. She is an author, her book Cutting Edge Fashion Illustration has been published both is the UK and US. Erica lives locally with her husband and pug Pedro. When not teaching in class, she works from her home studio creating illustrations and jewellery designs. Have a look at some of her art on these websites:
Inge du Plessis
Inge is a professional painter and enthusiastic teacher with 15 years teaching experience, including painting, life drawing, illustration for fashion design as well as art and design history. She completed her B.A. Hons. Degree in Fine Art and History of Art in Cape Town, after which she changed direction and became a qualified cabinet-maker, eventually starting her own furniture design business. Painting called her back however, and she has been painting and teaching art full time since 1999 working with people of all ages and abilities. She has had 3 solo exhibitions and many group shows, she was recently one of the finalists in an episode of Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year. Inge specialises in figurative, narrative oil painting.
ColourWheel Partner, Aylesbury
Steve is our Partner for the Butlers Cross daytime and evening class, he has a wealth of experience managing the teams delivering a first class customer service experience in often difficult situations. The move to ColourWheel is a breath of fresh air for him and allows him to work with his passion for art. As well as art, Steve has many hobbies and interests and he has recently completed an Open University degree in Humanities. He is a father of two and is very involved in the local community, serving on several committees that serve the local youth groups.
Nina originally studied Art and Design in the UK before travelling to South Africa, where she worked as a graphic artist and silk-screen printing artist. She then started her own business painting murals for private homes, restaurants and schools, as well as selling her own commissioned paintings. After returning to the UK, she delivered her own creative workshops and has taught life drawing to GCSE students and adults in the community. Her own work is an eclectic mix influenced by her travels in different parts of the world. She is passionate about art and loves to inspire others into becoming new artists themselves!
ColourWheel Partner, Romsey
Heidi lives with her family in Romsey and her daytime and evening classes will be held locally. Heidi graduated from Portsmouth University with a BA in International Finance and Trade. She since met her husband and now has two children, aged 12 and 8. Prior to joining ColourWheel Heidi has experience of running her own restaurant business and is now very excited to be facing a new challenge. Along with her busy home life with her family Heidi loves to cook and tries to make time for sport. She has a love for art and her dream was to go to art school. Her practical side won the day but her creativity has never left her and she not only enjoys creating art herself but loves watching others grow and develop their skills.
Chris went to the Falmouth School of Art where he did a Foundation Course combining Fine Art including painting and printmaking. He then went on to Chichester, University of Sussex where he did his degree in Art and Related Arts gaining his BA Hons. Chris also has excellent teaching credentials where he took his teacher training PGC at Exeter University, and so is very well qualified to teach further education. He has spent the last 12 years teaching adults art. Whilst not teaching, Chris is an accomplished artist who exhibits nationally and sometimes abroad, including New York, San Francisco and Holland. He lives in Fareham with his partner, son and dog, a Jack Russel Border Terrier cross called Marwood. Chris now paints more landscapes, as he paints what he sees and he is out walking his dog and is inspired by what he sees around him. He loves to visit North Cornwall to paint. As a teacher Chris loves watching people develop and create their art, he takes pride in the work that they do and how they express themselves to go beyond what they would normally achieve.
ColourWheel Partner, Reading
Vivienne is our ColourWheel partner in the Reading area. Vivienne was born in Reading, returning there to study Mechanical Engineering at Reading University. She then spent most of her working life in Africa, most recently in Tanzania, where she was coordinating projects to provide clean water and sanitation to some of the poorest communities. She returned to the UK in 2016 and decided to take some time out to do something for her own personal development – she signed up for ColourWheel classes in Windsor. She was so enthralled with the classes and amazed at what she had gained from the experience, that she signed up for a second term and started to enquire about the franchise opportunity. The rest is history, as they say! Vivienne is a keen environmentalist and loves nature and animals, which are her main inspiration when drawing and painting. She believes that art is one of the best therapies for life and wellbeing.
Antoinette is a freelance artist, fine art restorer and visual arts tutor based in Surrey. She graduated from Wimbledon School of Art with a BA (hons) degree in Technical Arts followed shortly after by her training as a conservator of easel paintings. She works predominantly in the medium of painting in both her art and restoration practice, but has worked on large scale installations and sculptural pieces for commissioned projects as well as film and theatre. This has included commissioned artworks for Goldsmiths University, London, Warwick University and other private clients. Outside the studio, Antoinette also enjoys teaching visual art workshops and classes in schools, museums and local community settings. Over the years she has worked with a wide range of young people and adults through organisations such as South Hill Park, the Tate Galleries and Woking College. She looks forward to the opportunity to meet new students and share her creative knowledge and skills.
ColourWheel Waltham St Lawrence
Shelagh is a painter, printmaker and teacher. After years spent working in the world of publishing, she went back to university again, gaining a degree in Fine Art from the University of Reading, followed by a PGCE in Art Education. She has taught in schools and in adult education, and strongly believes that everyone can reap the rewards of exploring their creative potential. Shelagh exhibits regularly in group exhibitions and attends as many workshops as time allows – she loves learning new skills and finding different ways to be creative.
ColourWheel Partner, Exeter
Joanne is our ColourWheel Partner in Exeter, Devon. She spent most of her adult life living and working in Madrid, Spain. Whilst bringing up her two sons she continued her career in education as a primary school teacher ending up as a head teacher of a British school in Madrid. She recently returned to the UK with her husband, took some time out and signed up for ColourWheel classes in Windsor. She has recently moved to Exeter and ColourWheel presented an ideal opportunity for her. She enjoys all forms of art with music being one of her main passions. She enjoys living an outdoor lifestyle and is never happier than being at one with nature in Devon’s beautiful countryside.
Chloe was born in Harrow and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She gained a BA (Hons) in Illustration from Brighton University and went on to complete a PGCE in Secondary Art and Design at Roehampton University, Surrey. Chloe has worked in the Education Department at Tate Britain where she supported learning programmes for school students, teachers and adults. She enjoys drawing on location, visiting museums, craft centres and art galleries. Chloe also likes to take inspiration from travelling overseas. These adventures include three days trekking along an ancient oxen trail with women from the red Hmong in Sapa, Vietnam. Chloe left her teaching job at Camden School for Girls, after eleven years to relocate to Exeter. Here, she is combining teaching workshops and continuing with her own art practice.
ColourWheel Partner, Welwyn
Jacquie has spent the last 20 years of her career in corporate logistics working for some of the industry leaders. Having always had a passion for art and regularly attending part-time courses she wanted to move out of the corporate environment to allow her creative side to flourish. Born in Scotland and moving to Sheffield for work before moving yet further south eventually settling in Hertfordshire she is thrilled to be doing something she is passionate about. Jacquie loves to read, paint, draw and cook, she restores furniture and lives with her beloved rescue cat Obi.
Rebecca has always had a love of art, from drawing colourful characters to ceramics. Because of this, she studied Art and Design before going to the University of Wales, Newport to do a degree in Animation, her favourite part was learning from the teachers of the Disney animators. Rebecca has worked in education for nearly ten years, from teaching art to children and young people that didn’t fit into mainstream education to traditional crafts and archery in an Iron Age village. She currently works in a museum and gallery organising events and hands-on activities for the visitors, alongside finding any excuse to be creative.
ColourWheel Partner, Loughborough
Charlotte is our partner in Charnwood, Loughborough. She has worked for a local charity for over twelve years where she was responsible for event management and the co-ordination of the volunteers. In 2017 she decided to spend more time with her family, she is married and has two young daughters. Joining ColourWheel she can utilise her exceptional organisational skills and work in a creative environment she loves. Charlotte is at her happiest spending her free time with her family and friends.
Emily is a qualified and experienced art teacher. She gained her BA (Hons) in Visual Fine Art at Nene College of Art and Design. She completed her Graduate Teacher Programme in 2003 and has since taught art to adults and children in a variety of classes. Deemed ‘outstanding’ when assessed Emily loves to teach, she finds it rewarding and fulfilling. Emily recently took a break from teaching to focus on her own artistic journey, exhibiting locally and successfully commissioned; she sells her work at various art fairs and galleries. We are lucky that Emily has chosen to resume her teaching in a role that will allow her to continue to develop her own work whilst sharing her knowledge with our students.
ColourWheel Partner, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Asia enjoyed teaching adults and children for 20 years, self publishing a book, and being a small business owner in the personal development industry. Asia loves playing with watercolor, working in her herb garden, and creating jewelry with precious metals. She is passionate about exploring a variety of mediums which attracted her to ColourWheel. Asia and her husband, James, have two grown sons. She lives near the North Carolina Coast, loves the outdoors, and enjoys visiting the beach every chance she gets. Asia loves meeting new people and creating a community space for people to get messy, make mistakes, and shine. She looks forward to welcoming you, supporting you and cheering you on in art class.
Jane Cheek’s brightly colored abstract canvases combine expressionist painting with fiber art. She uses embroidery to create subtle detail and sculptural fibers to add dimension to her work. The dichotomy of life informs her process and she often works with opposing elements as a result. Cheek’s art juxtaposes opacity and translucency; two dimensions and three; and structure and complete abstraction. Her color palette is inspired by nature, while her form and structure take inspiration from her life, both past and present. Cheek’s work is a daily practice of seeking and creating joy and her art is an examination of the beautiful mess that is life, love, motherhood, and humanity.
Jane Cheek attended North Carolina State University where she received a BA in Visual Arts Applications. She then completed her K-12 Visual Arts Teacher Certification at Eastern Carolina University. After graduating, she taught art for five years at a K-8 charter school in Durham. She now teaches private art classes and works as a studio artist. Cheek has exhibited her art throughout The Triangle, including at 311 Gallery, Artspace, and The Arts Center. When she isn’t working on art, she and her family can be found living the unschooling life at local parks and museums, and travelling as often as possible.
Choose from the morning, evening or afternoon classes
We are happy to answer any questions you may have but if you would like to see what the classes are like for yourself we can arrange for you to visit your local class, meet the teacher and other students and even join in for a lesson. Call us on 01628 676979 to find out more or book your place.