Our Faculty

All teaching faculty at EAFA are practicing artists and have been trained under the same lineage so that all information is consistent. While we do occasionally have student instructors in training, our main teaching faculty is as follows.


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.


Nick Anderson is a classically trained artist, illustrator and instructor who is currently based full-time at the Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art. He has studied extensively in the UK and Canada and teaches classes and workshops across the UK. His main focus is on ensuring the highest standards of figurative work and still life painting here at the Atelier. He is equally at home in the world of digital art and keen to assist students who wish to work primarily in the digital domain.

Sarah Margaret Gibson

Sarah Margaret Gibson is a contemporary realist painter from Cincinnati, Ohio, specializing in figurative works, portraits, and still-lifes. She received her training from numerous art institutions including Maryland Institute College of Art, Angel Academy of Art, and the Florence Academy of Art. Over the course of her seven years in Florence, Gibson became profoundly influenced by the work and philosophy of the Old Masters and by the mentorship of great living artists such as Daniel Graves, Jordan Sokol, and Daniela Astone. She taught at the Florence Academy's intermediate studio from 2012-2015. As well as teaching part time at EAFA, she teaches at Glasgow School of Art.

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