Sunday 15th May 2022 - Portrait Painting Workshop to Lucca

Monday 4th July 2022 to Montefalco, Umbria

Sunday 5th June 2022 to Cortona, Tuscany

Sunday 4th September 2022 to Saragano, Umbria

2022 - to be advised to Taormina, Sicily

Fiona Graham-Mackay

Fiona is very highly regarded by our guests and they join her holidays with us in Italy year after year.  Although Fiona is best known as a Portrait Painter she teaches all genres including landscapes and still life.  Fiona can teach all media such as watercolour, oils, acrylics and pastels.  She is a very talented sympathetic teacher.  Each year Fiona has been chosen for the most prestigious portrait show in the world — the BP National Portrait Gallery London summer exhibition every year.   Her series of BBC 4 radio programmes, "A Portrait of ..." has been highly acclaimed.

Fiona studied at the Royal College of Art under the illustrious Quentin Blake. Even before she left the RCA her work was in demand by leading London publishers. Fiona was and continues to be her own painter. Her painting has been so in demand during the past five years that she has travelled across thousands of miles to fulfil commissions – some of them in less that easy circumstances.  For example, at the height of some of the worst tensions in Afghanistan, Fiona was painting in Pakistan and the Afghan border.  




"Absolutely superb. Our tutor,Fiona Graham-Mackay, was brilliant: intelligent, warm, and empathetic. She has the gift of enabling students to give the very best of themselves, and to push their boundaries. The hotel chosen (La Ghirlanda) was outstanding: delicious food, impeccable service. Painting in Italy does seem to attract lovely people, and the dynamic between participants was excellent. A holiday to remember". 

"As you can see by the five stars I've rated the holiday I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The situation of the hotel is perfect with such wonderful views to paint that it was hardly necessary to venture out. If you did the village was only just up the road and the walks through the countryside were beautiful. Because our tutor Fiona was so helpful and enthusiastic I learnt so much about all aspects of art".