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Lilac Cottage Studio Team

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Sue Ecclestone

Sue has a First Class B.A. Honours degree in  History of Art from the University of East Anglia where she won the Arthur Batchelor Award for the best dissertation in her year. Sue gained her postgraduate degree from University College London, receiving a distinction for her dissertation surrounding Contemporary African Art.

​Until recently Sue has been providing services to the art industry such as curation, research and writing. In 2019 Sue opened Lilac Cottage Studio

Sue's passion is Art and Artists and she loves nothing more than to help good artists work towards fulfilling their artistic aims and potential. 


Rob Nelmes

Rob was born in Leeds and moved to the Isle of Skye when he was 16, completing his education in drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art in 1987. Whilst illustrating for the last 25 years he has maintained his passion for painting and drawing, successfully exhibiting his work and completing commissioned portraits and landscapes.

Rob teaches watercolour, oil and acrylic and while landscape is his speciality he can turn his hand to all genre with very successful results.

Rob also runs our Arty Party


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Michelle Watson

Michelle Watson is predominately an oil artist working mainly on raw canvas due to its textural quality and tonal hue.

Her interpretation of the female body and face goes beyond figurative study and delves into more than form. While keeping a strong perception of structure.

Having obtained her Fine Art Degree with hons after years of varied works and raising a family, she can now dedicate her time and acquired knowledge to her craft.

Michelle now lives in Suffolk and is currently at the gallery ‘Art in East Anglia’ [Bury St Edmunds] and working towards her exhibitions, as well as retaining a relationship with fellow artists and her private collectors of West Sussex and London.


Paul Vousden

Paul is a member of the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists and a Member of the Suffolk Art Society. 

He trained as a sculptor and silversmith at the Colchester School of Art and Birmingham Polytechnic. Since 2011 Paul has concentrated on drawing and painting in Acrylic, particularly figurative work and cityscapes, and developed a distinctive style abstracting form through colour and light. He has more recently turned his skills to oil painting. 

Paul brings figurative watercolour and abstracted painting to what we offer at Lilac Cottage Studio.

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