Melanie Cambridge

Oils, Gouache, Mixed Media, Oil Pastels, Acrylics
Landscapes, Horses, Beach Scenes, Coastal Views

About the Artist:
Melanie's main artistic influences come from working outdoors, indeed, most of her paintings are produced at least in part on location, even in winter, with light and colour playing a major role in her work. Favourite subjects tend to involve water. She particularly enjoys painting by the Thames in Central London and views from the banks of the River Wey in Surrey. Melanie has written several books published by HarperCollins and produced a DVD with APV Films.

Art Groups:
Melanie's lively demonstrations offer plenty of inspiration and encouragement to "pick up your brushes and have a go" using oils, acrylics, gouache and oil pastel. If you would like to invite her to give a demonstration, critique or workshop to your local art group, call ART PROFILE on 01234 764232.

Personally-Tailored Workshops:
Melanie is happy to come to your art group and create a bespoke workshop to suit the needs of your members. If you wish to try oils, then she can also supply paints, mediums and brushes so no-one need worry about extra upfront costs just to have a go at something new.

Sketching Cruises for Groups:
Fully tutored and supported Day Cruises along the beautiful River Wey in Surrey. Starting and finishing at Dapdune Wharf – the National Trust venue in the centre of Guildford. Available for art groups (or just arty friends from 8 to 10 people) midweek or weekends. “Angel Blue” is a large widebeam boat with central heating, toilets and full disabled access. The boat is run by a fully insured skipper from Surrey Outdoor Learning Centre so no need to do anything boaty, just enjoy the views with time to sketch and paint en-route and when we moor up over lunchtime.

Courses and Holidays:
Alongside her lively demonstrations to art groups, Melanie runs regular classes in both oils and gouache during the Spring and Autumn at Horsley in Surrey. Melanie returns to Marlborough College Summer School again this year from 22nd July to run three fully supported painting courses. Details of all Melanie’s courses and painting holidays can be found by visiting

Oil, Gouache & Brushes:
Melanie has her own range of artist oil paints and this year also a new range of gouache colours, both are made in England using top quality pigments She also offers an alkyd painting medium to speed up the drying times and an odourless thinner as well as her own selection of brushes, all of which can be purchased from her website

Artwork: Commission enquiries welcome, please visit her website for further information on this process and the latest exhibition news at


Melanie has a new demonstration for 2019/20 and a new medium – Oil Pastels

Drawing Horses – easier than you think! – learn some easy tricks to drawing horses and getting everything in proportion. Melanie shows you how to create both a head and whole horse using a series of shapes to get the proportions right, before moving on to produce a head portrait using Oil Pastels.

Also popular with art groups:

Interpreting Photographs - learn how to interpret one or even several photographs to create a successful painting. Plenty of tips on composition as well as how to cope with the differences between what the camera sees and what the human eye does!

Gouache – the alternative Watercolour – Starting with an introduction on gouache, showing how it is similar to traditional watercolour and yet easier to use – white is available as is texture, using Melanie’s unique Artists’ Putty. This demonstration is ideal for landscapes, coastal views or woodland scenes.