Saturday, 4 August 2018

Elected a full member of the SWA

Thrilled, excited and honoured to announce that I have been elected as a full member of the Society of Women Artists.

The Society will also be hanging 4 of my paintings at this years exhibition. I would like to thank all the ladies who work tirelessly at the SWA and a huge thank you to all my family and friends, without who's continued comments, support and inspiration I wouldn’t have made it this far. 

From left to right: Emmeline,  Behind the eyes,  Somita girl
Bottom:  Punda milia

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Society of Women Artists 157th Exhibition

Exhibition Open: Tuesday 25 September at 4.00 to Sunday 30 September 10am to 5pm daily, closing at 3pm on Sunday 30 September

Monday, 23 July 2018

Monday, 2 July 2018

SEAW selected exhibition

SEAW selected exhibition


This is a selected exhibition, open to member and non-members, the only proviso being that non-members have to be residents of East Anglia.For terms and conditions, For terms and conditions, click here.SUBMIT YOUR WORK HERE.Submissions open on the 25th of June and close on the 24th of September.

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Awards for 2018 are:
The Royal Watercolour Society Award
The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Award
The Sorrell Award
The Tindalls Rosebowl Award
The Brush Award for a painting that displays brush expertise
The Daniel Smith Watercolour Award for outstanding use of colour
The Daniel Smith Watercolour Award for innovative use of watercolour
The St Cuthbert Mill Award for an outstanding pure watercolour
The Babylon Arts Award
The SEAW Members Award
The Tindalls Awards

View the winners of the Selected Works Exhibition 2017 Awards here:

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


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