Dear Painters and Friends,
I hope you are well and have been able to be creative during these ‘grey’ month of the year. At least there is no shortage of colour in our paint boxes!
However, it’s with the greatest regrets that I received the news from my colleague Camilla at Art In The Algarve, that the lovely art school in Olhao has had to close down permanently due to the effect of the ongoing pandemic. I know Camilla has been working hard to keep the school open but in the end had to make the sad decision to close. I am so very disappointed as everybody must you be, who had planned to paint with me in Portugal this year.
Losing the art school is a big blow for all of us painters and tutors, not least because the founder David Clark - Camilla’s father – who felt so passionate about the arts, had anticipated it would go on for many happy painting years to come. I will certainly try and visit Olhao another year by myself, but I am sure I shall miss painting with everybody at the Art School and working alongside the energetic and charming Margarida, her family and colleagues.
With great hopes for a better summer, and that we get another chance to meet, if not in Portugal perhaps in another of my painting locations,