Biography – Trevor Waugh

Early Career

Trevor was born in 1952 and grew up in London. Trevor studied at The Slade School of Fine Art from 1970 -1974 (BA) under the guidance of Sir William Coldstream, Professor of The Slade at the time, Patrick George, Philip Sutton, David Hockney, Euan Uglow and Bernard Cohen. During his time at The Slade he was invited by Sir William Coldstream and Patrick George to exhibit alongside them at The Collegiate Theatre at University College, London, 1971. He was also a contributor to The Young Contemporaries Exhibition at The Royal Academy 1972.

Trevor obtained a distinction for his post-graduate certificate in illustration when he studied with Ernest Jones at Croydon College of Art 1978-1979. He went on to work successfully as a freelance illustrator for nine years for most of the major publishers including Penguin, Heinemann, Cassell, Collins and the BBC.

Return to Fine Art and Travel

Trevor returned to fine art in 1988 and began travelling extensively in the Middle East: First visit 1995 for a month as artist in residence at The Majlis Gallery, Dubai. Several exhibitions and visits since including The New Orientalist Exhibition in The Emirates and his paintings can be found in the Royal Collections of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.

In 1995 Trevor travelled to the USA and resided there for three months to include an exhibition and watercolour classes at Cleveland State Community College, Tennessee. He was also artist in residence and held an exhibition at the River Gallery in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Trevor visited Morocco in 1977-78 resulting in an exhibition in the Uk sponsored by the Moroccan Embassy. Since 1993 Trevor has made frequent visits to Venice for inspiration, resulting in several exhibitions here in the UK, as well as Florence and Rome.

France has also featured in Trevor’s travelling schedule where he ran painting holidays in Provence and the Dordogne and spent some time in the Ardeche, Giverny and Brittany.

A painting trip to Oman and a painting trip to Istanbul have also featured.

Wiltshire Studio and Recent Work

Trevor paints and exhibits at his Studio in Heywood, Wiltshire, UK. He also runs watercolour and oil painting classes in the UK and abroad.

His book Winning With Watercolour has become a top-selling title and he followed this with You Can Paint Flowers in Watercolour and You Can paint Animals in Watercolour. Currently available are 30 Minute Flowers in Watercolour and 30 Minute people in Watercolour. All are published by Harper Collins.

Trevor also writes articles and is a frequent contributor to The Artist magazine. A selection of his work is reproduced internationally on fine art prints and cards with Rosensteils and The Great British Card Company.

His current book The Emirates Through the Eyes of an Artist, Watercolour Journals of The Emirates was acquired by HSBC in celebration of their 60 year anniversary in The Emirates and Trevor became Artist of the Year, Middle East.

Trevor has recently returned from an exhibition at The Dubai International Finance Centre in affiliation with Mawaheb which is a charity raising funds for artists with special needs.

In 2019 Trevor was commissioned by Batsford Press to write a New book on painting flowers in watercolour. ” Learn Flower Painting Quickly ” is now one of his best selling titles.

Also in 2019 Search Press commissioned Trevor to write a book for The Royal Kew Gardens entitled ” The Kew Gardens Book of Painting Roses in Watercolour ” It is due to be published 1st April 2020.

Trevor is currently working on an instructional video package with publishers David & Charles. This will be for and on behalf of Kew Gardens in connection with the Rose book. This exciting new project will be ready in 2021.

Trevor Waugh, Self portrait in oil. Biography page
kew rose book by Trevor Waugh