Ashby Art Club Members and local demonstrators links



John W Smith - aka "Jay Dubya


I am a local artist, member of Ashby Art Club and have lived in Ashby De La Zouch for over thirty years, I paint mainly in acrylic but I keep an open mind and am always ready for a new challenge and a new medium. I paint in a contemporary style but I believe that realism still has a place in today’s art.  My subject matter is whatever interests me; I enjoy painting portrait, landscape or still life. 

Why ‘Jay Dubya’ ? Exhibiting at a gallery with two other ‘John Smith’s' led to some confusion! Jay Dubya is a play on my Christian name’s initials John William…J.W…Jay Dubya

I could have been but someone beat me to it !

Contact John at JAY Dubya on FACEBOOK

Vivienne Cawson

Vivienne runs watercolour workshops from her studio in Ashby for small groups and also exhibits in local galleries and shops, as well as nationally. Please see her website for further details. 

Di Lorriman

Di is a qualified teacher and runs watercolour courses at the Adult Education centre in Swadlincote and at Rickmans Corner, Linton. She also runs residential holidays in watercolour and in cartooning at Knuston Hall Adult Residential College in Northamptonshire. Di can be contacted at

Andrew Geeson

Loose watercolours - artist, classes, workshops and demonstrations Home - Andrew Geeson Loose Watercolours

Angela Gaughan

Portrait and wildlife studies. Holds classes and gives demonstrations.