Gamze, Oil on Linen, 70” x 36”

Travis Seymour

Founder & Director
Primary Instructor of Drawing & Painting

Travis Seymour was born in North Carolina, USA and graduated from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington(UNCW) with degrees in both Art History and Studio Painting. He studied classical drawing and painting in Florence at the Angel Academy of Art between 2002 and 2007 before moving to New York, and finally settling in London in 2010.

Painting and teaching in both America and the UK, Seymour has received numerous awards for his artwork and exhibited in major exhibitions such as the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Oil Painters of America, The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.

As well as a sought-after portrait and still life painter, Seymour has established himself as a respected fine art teacher in his own right. In 2016, he and fellow artist Nancy Fletcher opened the doors to their London studios to create the Barnes Atelier.


Self-Portrait, Oil on Linen, 20” x 16”

Self-Portrait, Oil on Linen, 20” x 16”

Nancy Fletcher

Instructor of Drawing & Painting

Nancy Fletcher comes from Lincolnshire in the United Kingdom. Nancy entered The Edinburgh Art College to study Fine Art Photography at age 19 which successfully led to a professional career in London as a freelance photographer for a number of years.

Having previously studied art in Florence at age eighteen, Nancy returned in 2002 to focus her study on Fine Art and Classical Representational Painting which she has loved ever since. She has studied at the Charles Cecil Studios and The Angel Academy of Art in Florence as well as with Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier and The Grand Central Academy of Art in New York City.

She has shown her work at galleries in the USA, UK, and Hong Kong and has participated in major exhibitions such as the BP Portrait Award(2012,2015), The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and The Portrait Society of America.


Owen, Graphite and White Chalk on Toned Paper, 14” x 11”

Owen, Graphite and White Chalk on Toned Paper, 14” x 11”

Stephanie Mills

Instructor of Drawing

Stephanie is a classically trained artist, focused primarily on portraiture and the human figure. Currently an advanced student on the Masters Academy programme at the Barnes Atelier of Art, Stephanie has also studied at the London Atelier of Representational Art (LARA), as well as with leading international figurative and portrait artists including Jacob Collins, Jordon Sokol, Scott Waddell, Felicia Forte and Edward Minoff.

A recipient of multiple awards, Stephanie has exhibited her work throughout the UK, most recently at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Mall Galleries (2018), SGFA; the Drawing Society (2018), the Royal Scottish Academy (2017) and the Royal West of England Academy (2017). Her work has also been featured in print (international press and magazines) and her drawings will appear in a book due to be published in the USA in 2019.


Visiting Guest Instructors


Gregory Mortenson


The Oil Portrait


Dale Zinkowski


The Tonal Portrait, The Portrait Sketch