RSMA 2021 Thank You

2021 RSMA News - Member Upgrades and New Associate Members.

Below are the three RSMA members that have become full RSMA members and six new Associate members. Well done to all and welcome to those new to the Society.

Full RSMA Member

Tony Allain

Tony Allain RSMA

Tony Allain

As a landscape painter the question on subject matter seems to always ask? ‘What to paint’ or should it be ‘what not to paint’.

My passion will always be the landscape. It is why I became an artist. Colour and light is my prime motivation that speaks to me and invites me to paint the light sparkle on the water, and the colour reflected in the landscape. We can find our subject matter all around and the more I discover the more there is left for me to discover and paint. I still find every new picture exciting. I am never certain what course a painting will take, but one thing is certain it will give me great pleasure in the way. I favour the light and mood of the early morning and late afternoon. More often than not, the immediate appeal of a particular subject is governed by a special light effect at the time of viewing. It is the duty of an artist to search for that effect which enhances the composition offered. This can make an ordinary subject appear extraordinary. There is no finer experience than to be presented immediately with a wealth of material literally on ones doorstep.

I value the stimulus of new places but I also know there is an advantage for me to return to more familiar locations. Having been born and raised on a small island I am comfortable to paint marine subjects.

A proud moment for me, and an honour to be elected with a full membership to the prestigious RSMA has now allowed me to tick this off of my bucket list. This has been a long journey but to finally cross the line tells me this is not the end, but just the start of an exciting new adventure.

Full RSMA Member

Karl Terry

Karl Terry RSMA

Karl Terry

I live on the Isle of Oxney in Kent and paint outside in all weathers. My work is an immediate response to what I see and feel when immersed in the ever changing landscape. This process has opened my eyes to the beauty that can be found everywhere, even in the mundane.

I paint landscapes and seascapes both here in the UK and abroad and have however been fortunate to paint with many of the UK & USA ‘s finest living landscape painters. This camaraderie between painters continues to inspire and challenge me.

I'm so thrilled this year to have been elected to full membership of The RSMA . It's been quite a journey getting here and I have worked very hard at my painting to try and reach a standard that would be acceptable and expected of such a prestigious Society. Now I have a reason to try and up my game to the next level and endeavour to produce even better paintings that are worthy to hang with the best of this country's Contemporary Marine Artists.

Full RSMA Member

John Walsom

John Walsom RSMA

John Walsom

Being elected as a full member of the RSMA is a big highlight in my career as a painter.  The sea itself is a wonderful thing to paint, but it’s often the things near it that get my attention – eroded cliffs, worn and rusty fishing boats, cranes, nets and bits of marine equipment.  The salt water and air means that nothing stays looking new for long when it’s in or near the sea, and for me that makes for more beautiful subjects. 

I like to work en plein air, although sometimes a big canvas is a bit of a challenge when the wind’s blowing off the sea.  I’m not much of a sailor, I just love to be by the seaside, and I love to paint, so I’m double happy to finally be an official Marine Artist!

New RSMA Associate Member

Matthew Phinn

Matthew Phinn ARSMA

Matthew Phinn

I was born in South Yorkshire and studied Fine Art at the University of Leeds, after which I spent eight years in Japan as an artist-in-resident and teacher.

I paint watercolours and oils, both plain air and studio-based.

Over the years I have found that I’ve gravitated more and more towards marine art and I have a particular love for the north east coast.

I’m so delighted to have been elected to the RSMA, an ambition I’ve had for years and I look forward to many more years of struggling to paint this most wonderful subject.

New RSMA Associate Member

David Thomas

David Thomas ARSMA

David Thomas

I am a retired architect and a lifelong watercolour painter, taking my painting more seriously since retirement. I have developed a folding seat easel, which was designed for plein air work but which I also use indoors, in a studio equipped with an IMac.

Apart from landscapes and marine subjects I tackle portraits, for which I believe watercolour is an underestimated medium.

For several years I have had paintings hung in the Mall Galleries, and applied without previous success to be a member of various Royal Societies. To learn that this week I had been elected as an Associate Member of the RSMA was a great moment in my life

New RSMA Associate Member

Tom Marsh

Tom Marsh ARSMA

Tom Marsh

I have always lived near the coast whether it was the Pacific ocean in New Zealand as a child or the English Channel as I do now.

I enjoy capturing marine craft whilst they rest in safe harbour before they face the open sea again. 

And where sea meets the land, the elements soon take their toll on anything that stays too long. Everything is constantly changing and thus creating beautiful subjects for artists.

So to be voted in by your peers and Hero’s to a society that celebrates the marine landscape of the ultimate accolade for me. 

Thank you to the Royal Society of Marine Artists and its members.

New RSMA Associate Member

Simon Conolly

Simon Conolly ARSMA

Simon Conolly

I was born and brought up in Gosport, on the Solent. I now live and work in beautiful, landlocked Shropshire. But images of the sea and the patterns of shoaling fish have left their mark on me. And that is often reflected in my work.

I am delighted to have been elected as an Associate of the RSMA. I have submitted pieces of sculpture to their open exhibitions for a number of years and always loved to see my work alongside the work of such talented people.

I look forward to more opportunities to exhibit alongside them in the future.

New RSMA Associate Member

Jenny Aitken

Jenny Aitken ARSMA

Jenny Aitken

I have been painting professionally for over 20 years, and am largely self-taught, having focused on photography and art history at Aberystwyth university. I now live in Derbyshire, on the edge of the hills, but much of my work is marine in nature.

I have strong family roots and connections to the Channel Islands and Cornwall and that love of the sea is in my blood... I strive to depict atmospheric light, colour and movement; and use oils to this end in both my plein air and studio work. The illusion of light in paint is an endless fascination!

Being accepted by the RSMA is both a huge confidence boost and the fulfilment of a long-term aim. It is absolutely wonderful to become part of this group of inspirational, excellent painters who also love all things marine... I can’t think of any society I would want to belong to more!

New RSMA Associate Member

Nick Grove

Nick Grove ARSMA

Nick Grove

I’m a painter at heart and work representationally in oils on location and in my Studio in Stamford, Lincolnshire. I consider myself a born again Artist having spent 20 years as a professional photographer before returning to my Art in 2017.

I’m inspired by nature and the great outdoors which includes people and cities. My working style is still fairly fluid but based on traditional processes of drawing and oil painting which helps me understand my subject and reach an efficiency of mark making that’s fresh and expressive.

Like most Landscape Artists I am drawn to water especially as it creates such opportunity for Artists to let loose with a flurry of beautiful brushstrokes. This is one reason why I am so pleased to have been made an Associate member of the RSMA. Also, after a difficult and lonesome journey to this point as an emerging unknown it Is especially heart worming to now be part of such a supportive group. I very much look forward to meeting more of you and exhibiting again in 2022.

The Royal Society of Marine Artists

RSMA Exhibition photo wide view of Mall Galleries

The Royal Society of Marine Artists is the focal point for much of Britain's finest contemporary marine art, and many of the country's leading marine artists are elected Members of the Society.


This country is an island nation with a proud maritime heritage. The coastline of Britain and its principal islands measures some 19,400 miles, presenting a wide variety of often spectacular scenery.


The sea is part of who we are as a nation. It is this heritage and this environment that we aim to celebrate.


Whilst much of our work is representational in the broadest sense, our styles, choice of subject matter and painting medium vary enormously. Some of our Members specialise in thoroughly researched historical subjects, others capture the thrill of modern yacht racing; some enjoy muddy creeks and quiet harbours, others find beauty in super-tankers and cargo vessels; some find inspiration on the deep sea, others explore what's under the sea.


But no matter what we paint, or in what style, no matter whether we paint en plein-air or in the studio, the sea is always our main source of inspiration.

The Royal Society of Marine Artists

17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5BD.

Telephone: 020 7930 6844


Registered Charity No. 289944

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