Thursday, 17 May 2018

New Tiger Painting - SEAW Exhibition

Just put the finishing touches on this New Tiger painting, ready for the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists members Spring Exhibition. Be sure to come along and take a look, full of very talented watercolour artist.

It will be held at The Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Suffolk from Friday 25th May to Wednesday 30th May. @eastanglianwatercolourists

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Pre-selected for the RI. . . .

Pre-selected for the RI. . . . 

Thrilled to get this painting "Behind the eyes" pre-selected for the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 206th Exhibition . Feel so honoured to even get it this far, fingers crossed for the next stage

With special thanks to the photographer for the use of his photo:  Donald Teel on Unsplash

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Charity Raffle . . . win an original watercolour


I am fundraising to support GOAL for The Gambia and the work they do to improve the lives of others, by raffling one of my original watercolours. The winner gets to choose from the paintings below.

From my first visit to the Gambia I had decided I wanted to sponsor a child and spent a long time researching for the right Charity. All my searches came back to one charity, Goal for The Gambia. We got in touch with Sandy, Founder and Trustee GOAL for The Gambia, who on our next visit, took us out for the day to show us the work they do, where they are now supporting five schools and a health clinic which serves more than 10,000 people.

We were taken aback by how far our mere £5.00 went, which is all it costs to sponsor a child to go to school, including uniform and books. And were consulted on what would happen if any was let over. I know, hard to believe that there would be anything left. 

We were particularly struck by the work being done in the clinic. What has already been achieved since they started helping the clinic is astounding. When I first entered the building I felt I was in a time zone, that of a wartime hospital, images you I would have seen on old TV films, I found it hard to imagine what it was like when they started, knowing the amount of work that had already been achieved. Please take a few minutes to read about what this charity does HERE  We decided then that we wanted to do what we could to help, which is where raffling one of my paintings came in. 

Amongst so many emotions we felt throughout that day, one of the things that struck was the transparency of how the charity is run and seeing that for ourselves first hand. 100% of every donation goes where it is supposed to. They do not fundraise for administration costs, instead relying on Gift Aid to fund these essential overheads. You can read more about them and the work they do by visiting their website Goal for The Gambia

You can donate and be in with a chance of winning one of my paintings with as little as £5.00 and know that it will go a long way to helping the children and the people there .   

If you donate, please make sure to either add your email to the message box as it will be needed if you win. If you would rather it didn't show on the charity page, please send it to me by email: I will also post the winners name on all social media, along with my website and blog. Thank you in advance for all those who donate and know how much it's truly appreciated. I thank you on their behalf. 

Friday, 30 June 2017

Society of Woman artist 156th Exhibition . . . Mall Galleries

I am delighted to have two paintings selected for the Society of Women artists at the Mall Galleries.

Exhibition Dates

Open to Public 4 July  4pm        6.30 – 8.30 SWA Fundraising Reception (free admittance with ticket)
5 – 9 July daily 10am – 5pm (closing 3pm last day)

Private View 10 am – 5pm Wednesday 5 July 2017
HRH Princess Michael of Kent, Royal Patron, arrives 11am to open the exhibition and present the awards.

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About the SWA and it's Exhibition

SWA 156th Annual Summer Exhibition at Mall Galleries, London SW1

Our Award-Winning professional artists will be showcasing over 400 2D and 3D works.  Together with the excellent facilities offered by the Federation and the experienced SWA Team we are able to stage an exhibition that shows contemporary and traditional art in unique galleries in the heart of London enabling us to ‘show off’ this diversity at its best.  Vivid colours vie with animated sculptural figures; dark and light provide passion and calm and exquisite drawings which need no description also play a part in this year’s show.

There will be a workshop and demonstrations during the Exhibition when one of our top sculptors, Hazel Reeves MRBS SWA will be sculpting a clay portrait in the gallery with a live sitter.  Hazel’s maquette of Emmeline Pankhurst will be on display and we are pleased to announce that she has won the commission to sculpt Emmeline for St. Peter’s Square in Manchester.  Hazel was responsible for the monumental bronze of Sir Nigel Gresley at King’s Cross Station.

The Society of Women Artists has evolved into a modern tradition, popular as ever and we are here to stay.  Many of our artists tackle some of the more sinister aspects of the world whilst others are quite adept at showing the beauty that is still around us with humour and a remarkable grasp of the environment.

This year the launch of our Young People’s Initiative hopefully will be the beginning of our plans to further raise funds to enable us to carry on our policy of encouraging and nurturing our artists of the future.  We need to attract more young people to a Society that would like always to be able to offer help and advice as well as the opportunity to exhibit in London and further afield.

We continue our collaboration with the Breast Cancer Now Charity who will be holding their own Special Preview Evening with SWA members. We have worked with BCN for many years and we are proud to have been able to donate to this worthy cause.

Please join us at a special Champagne Reception Tuesday 4 July 6.30 – 8.30 to help us launch the SWA Young People’s Initiative.  Rosemary Shrager is Guest of Honour and there will be live jazz.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Netherlands 2 DAY Workshop 2017 . . . Portraits in Watercolour

This year my Dutch workshop will be further south in the town of Breda.

I will show you how I build up the face with gentle shapes of colour, working instinctively to make your work unique each time you paint.

 There are still a few spaces available, so if you would like to join me and learn how I paint portraits in watercolour, just drop me a line HERE

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Parallax Art Fair

Thrilled to be showing 3 new works along with other members of the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists at the Parallax Art Fair 25&26 February.

The Governor  ©Stephie Butler


Samba & Jazz all day
a De Ritz restaurant with great deals
and a chance to
win a £1000 spend on unique art and design

 Parallax Art Fair is Europe's largest artist and designer fair with over 210+ exhibitors and 7000+ works of fine, decorative and applied arts all under one roof. Over 16000 people attend the event in London and it is free entry.  

Chelsea Town Hall, Kings Road, London, SW3 5EE

Saturday 25th February, 11am-5pm
Sunday    26th February  11am - 5pm    @parallaxartfair

Monday, 19 September 2016

Portraits in Watercolour - 2 Day workshop UK

I had such a wonderful afternoon demonstrating at the Babylon Gallery in Ely a couple of weeks back, while stewarding at the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists Selected Exhibition.

It's a beautiful gallery in a lovely setting on the river, lots of light and a charming area. 

This was the painting I did for the demonstration. Today it sits in my studio while I decided, what and if it needs more. I have to thank Frans Devriese for the kind use of his photograph.

I have been invited to teach at the East Devon Art Academy on the 13th and 14th October this year, so if you would like to come join me and learn how I paint just get in touch with me or the Academy.

©Stephie Butler
©Stephie Butler

"In this exciting, informative workshop, Stephie will show you how to paint portraits in watercolour full of colour with an impressionistic feel. Suitable for all abilities. Stephie will share how to portray feelings and emotions in your work making it unique."

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Portraits in watercolour


13th & 14th OCT 2016


East Devon Art Academy
Old Fore Street
EX10 8LS
Tel: +44 1395 516284

Monday, 25 July 2016

The Society of Women Artists 155th Annual Exhibition

The Society of Women Artists
155th Annual Exhibition at Mall Galleries, London SW1

I am delighted to have two paintings hanging and for sale in this wonderful Exhibition, Please come along and visit the exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, SW1. 



Private View 10 am – 8 pm  Wednesday 27 July

HRH Princess Michael of Kent SWA Patron will present the Awards.

Daphne Todd OBE PPRP HSWA opens Exhibition at 11.30am 

Open to the Public Thursday 28 July – Sunday 7 August  10am – 5pm daily (closing 3pm final day)

Special Charity Evening Tuesday 26 July 6.30 – 8.30pm
Guest of Honour Dame Zandra Rhodes

Invitations for Breast Cancer Now Champagne Reception are available from for free admission.

Sue Jelley, President SWA

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The SWA will be staging their Annual Open Exhibition commencing with a Private View on Wednesday 27 July when HRH Princess Michael of Kent will be presenting the Awards. Daphne Todd OBE PPRP and an Honorary SWA , the renowned Portraitist who won the first BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery,  will be opening the show.     We have 140 members most of whom are professional artists who will be showcasing their work together with that of our new Young Artists.  Our Summer Show is an Open Exhibition and we are thrilled that each year we are able to feature talented non-member artists who, hopefully, will in time, become Members of the SWA and therefore secure the future of the Society’s importance in the art world.

special thanks to Gunnar Salvarsson for the use of his photo

Diversity is our strength and in 2016 our exhibitors have provided an eclectic range of works that will not only entertain but provide debate.  Joanne Powell’s Landscape quietly and simply reminds us of how beautiful the world can be whilst Christine Southworth’s ‘Dangerous Games’ reminds us of the horrors of war.  Rebecca Fontaine Wolf’s ‘Eternal Occurrence’ is a powerful portrayal of a mother’s love for her child but with the emphasis on the mother’s unfulfilled desires passed on to her child who then becomes part of the cycle.   

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Ten members have very kindly donated a piece of work to be auctioned at the Champagne Reception on Tuesday 26 July 6.30 – 8.30 when Dame Zandra Rhodes will be our Guest of Honour.  The proceeds of the auction will go to this worthwhile charity.  Re-named BREAST CANCER NOW their aim is to wipe out this disease by 2050 and with recent good news they will now fulfil their promise. The Special Invite for 2016 is available from President Sue Jelley on

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Mall Galleries are hosting a talk/discussion Wednesday 3rd August at 2.30 and President of the SWA Sue Jelley will be part of a panel who will debate ‘Women Only – is there now a growing trend for more Women’s Exhibitions and Awards’ ?

We have all been asked about ‘The relevance of a Women’s Society today.’  Well, as far as we are concerned we are a modern tradition and are proud to celebrate the work of female artists past and present.  Our aims to encourage and nurture tomorrow’s artists is of paramount importance to us and since we are now probably more popular as a society than we have ever been why not carry on with our plans for the future?.

On the Panel with Sue will be Eliza Gluckman MA (RCA) Curator, New Hall Art Collection, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge University and Melissa Cassoff of Freelands Foundation.  Media Executive, philanthropist and Tate trustee Elisabeth Murdoch has launched a £100,000 annual prize to give female artists a mid-career boost.  This initiative embraces artists that other awards overlook.  Called the Freelands Artist Award after Murdoch’s London-based arts education foundation.



Watercolour Portraits

13th & 14th October 2016

Delighted to be asked to give a workshop at the East Devon Art Academy
 Limited places available
Please contact me and I will send you the relevant info or visit their website

Monday, 2 May 2016

New work . . . .

I have just got back from a trip to Holland where I gave a workshop. I'd like to say a big thank you to all those who attended. It was such a lovely friendly atmosphere and hopefully you all learned a lot to help you move on in your journey. You created some amazing work and made me very proud as a teacher. I'd like to also say a huge thank you to my friend Joanna who put so much work in to helping me and the students, couldn't have done it without you.

After the workshop I spent a further two weeks with Joanna visiting various places in her country and of course lots of painting. This was one I completed while I was with her. There is nothing more inspiring than painting with a friend, you bounce ideas around and develop your each others creativity.

This one was based on a photo I took on a recent trip to The Gambia. As yet it's still untitled, but that will come in time.


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