• Shortlisted, New Light Art Competition 2015
  • Sky Arts Landscape Painter of the Year Award 2015
  • Sky Arts Portrait Painter of the Year Award 2014
  • Royal Society of Portrait Painters Competition 2012
  • 2nd place, BP Portrait Award 2011
  • ING Discerning Eye Award 2010
  • Royal Society of Portrait Painters Competition 2010
  • BP Portrait Award 2009
  • Shortlisted, Threadneedle Prize 2009

About Louis

Louis Smith is a classically trained portrait painter, studying in Florence for three years. He now creates his own work and teaches at the Realist Academy.
A painter of bespoke portraits he undertakes various commissions ranging from individuals through to families and professionals.
His styles include: themed, formal, informal, highly rendered or loose oil sketches. 
His use of media includes: charcoal, conte, pencil, sanguine and oil paint. 
He leads workshops and art courses .
 He has published a number of tutorials on youtube.com, demonstrating the process of his work. 
The studio is located in Walton Hall and Gardens and has a relaxed atmosphere with a comfortable reception area. Its floor space will easily hold large groups of people for exhibitions and events.



“Over the last couple of years I have become more and more interested in learning how to draw and paint. However, with very few exceptions, I have become almost entirely dissatisfied with the quality of art instruction out there (and I have looked far and wide!).

In my opinion, Louis Smith’s training and his Realist Academy however is head and shoulders better than almost any other art training you can get anywhere else in this country. It is built not only on the experience of the masters of the past but has also been adapted by Louis into a step by step method that ensures you get to the highest standard (you will be amazed at what you produce) within the quickest possible timeframe, whilst at the same time ensuring no-one gets left behind.

Clark Bolder