In his belief that any artist should have the opportunity to learn the technical skills and draftsmanship that are the foundations for realist art, Ewan opened Academy of Realist Art in Edinburgh in 2012. Now with its evolution into the Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art, his continued goal is to create opportunity for artists to receive the training that they have always been looking for. As well as teaching full-time at EAFA, Ewan teaches art classes to community groups, gives lectures to art club organisations, teaches workshops throughout Europe and North America and has written instructional articles in internationally distributed art publications.
Lea is an award winning American artist born in 1972. In her youth she was always transfixed with representational art and followed that interest by enrolling in programmes at Brenau College in the US and Carnegie College in Scotland. Through years of art education being encouraged to explore progressively looser interpretations of art, Lea kept finding herself returning again and again to the ideals of representational art and the purity of blending strong technical skills with creativity. Her main area of interest lay in figurative works and portraiture. She joined the Edinburgh Atelier in 2013 and teaches classes and workshops both in Scotland and internationally.