Between 1994 and 2014, Nicholas Beer was senior instructor at the Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy. In 1994 he founded the Sarum Studio in Salisbury, England, which became a full-time school of fine art in 2014. Nick has exhibited widely (Including at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters), and commissions have taken him to Europe and America. He has lectured at the National Portrait Gallery (on John Singer Sargent), where he also hosted a sight-size workshop. He teaches in Norway, Jersey, and Holland annually.
Nick’s book, ‘On Sight-size Portraiture’ is available from bookshops and online. In addition to comprehensively covering all that is taught at the school, it contains sections on the history of sight-size portraiture, aesthetic philosophy, an analysis of unfinished portraits from Van Dyck to Sargent, and two historical treatises on portrait practice.