Jeremy Sutton
Artist, Instructor, Author, Speaker, Performer

Jeremy Sutton
Photo by Shalom Gibly © 2014


I am inspired by the masterful use of color of Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and André Derain; by the fearless intensity of experimentation and the simplicity of line of of Pablo Picasso; by the expressive brush work of Vincent van Gogh, John Singer Sargent and Joaquin Sorolla; the strong tonal values of Rembrandt; and by the colorful joie de vivre of LeRoy Neiman.


I work across multiple media, blending the beauty, quality and texture of analog media with the spontaneity, power and versatility of digital art tools in creating expressive contemporary portraiture. It is this synthesis and synergy of art and technology that I am excited to share with you here on PaintboxTV.


I’m originally from London and have now made San Francisco my home. My journey of making art started with drawing from imagination as a child which developed into a passion for drawing portraits and figures from life. I studied life drawing, sculpture and etching at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, U.K., while earning a degree in Physics from Pembroke College, Oxford University. I then studied lithography and life drawing at the Vrije Academie, The Hague, The Netherlands, before moving to the heart of Silicon Valley, California, in 1988. I was first introduced to using the computer as a fine art tool in 1991, and have been exploring the digital art medium ever since, using, teaching, demonstrating and performing with every version of Painter from version 1 onwards. After a career selling superconducting magnets for Physics research, I became a full time professional artist in 1994. Recent projects have included being commissioned to paint a large Heart, purchased by Visa Corporation and placed on Union Square in the center of San Francisco, as part of San Francisco General Hospital’s Hearts in San Francisco program, performing live action painting as a tableau vivant at the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums (creating studio tableaus and portraying the historical artists Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse) and performing digital painting for the Cirque du Soleil TOTEM show in their Tapis Rouge tent in San Francisco.

Quick Facts

Bachelors degree in Physics from Oxford University;
Degree of Photographic Craftsman from the Professional Photographers of America;
Painted first live digital portrait of Sir Richard Branson on the Virgin Atlantic Inaugural into San Francisco (1994);
Corel Painter Master since the creation of the Corel Painter Master program;
Member of the Corel Painter Advisory Council and Beta Team;
Author of six books, including the Painter Creativity series;
Founder of PaintboxTV;
Invited platform speaker at many international conferences, including SIGGRAPH, Macworld, Imaging USA and Wedding & Portrait Photographers International; presenter at flagship Apple Stores in London, New York and San Francisco;
Named as a co-inventor on Corel’s pending patent application for controlling color selection using gestures in a vision system (related to the Leap Motion implementation in Corel Painter Freestyle).
Entertainment Officer 2009 – 2011 for the Oxford University Society of Northern California.

Teaching Experience (selected examples, excluding the many Painter workshops organized by Sutton Studios & Gallery)

2013 Corel UK, Maidenhead, UK
2012 Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe, NM
2012 Professional Photographers of North Carolina State Convention and East Coast School, Raleigh, NC
2010 De Roos Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2009 – 2010 New England Institute of Professional Photography (PPA affiliated professional photography school), Cape Cod, MA
2008 FOTOfusion, Palm Beach Photographic Centre, West Palm Beach, FL
2007 Pembroke College, Oxford, U.K.
2005 – 2006 Triangle Institute (PPA affiliated professional photography school), Pittsburgh, PA
2002 Northern California Professional Photographers SChool, Menlo Park, CA
2000 Expression Center for New Media, Emeryville, CA
2000 American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA
2000 University of California Santa Barbara Extension, Santa Barbara, CA
2000 Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe, NM
2000 Brazil Painter Workshops, Riode Janeiro, Sau Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1998 Georgia School of Professional Photography (PPA affiliated professional photography school)
1996 San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
1996 California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA
1996 Center for Electronic Art, San Francisco, CA
1996 The Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA
1996 Creative Computer Workshop, Palo Alto, CA
1996 Israel Painter Workshops, Tel Aviv, Israel
1987 Wolly Merien’s Studio, The Hague, The Netherlands

Selected One Person Exhibitions

2013 Embarcadero Conference Center, “Endless Dance”, San Francisco, CA
2006 Nordstrom, “San Francisco Bay Area Women of Style”, San Francisco, CA
2005 Chenery Mansion, “Labor Day Show”, San Francisco, CA
2005 DeKroon Salon, “Groovin’”, Solo Show, San Francisco, CA
2005 Mason Street, “Got Soul, Solo Show”, San Francisco, CA
2005 ArtSFest, “Move to the Groove”, San Francisco, CA
2004 Art Explosion Gallery, “Open Studios”, San Francisco, CA
2004 Chenery Mansion, “San Francisco Legendary Mayors”, San Francisco, CA
1989 Faces, Gordon Biersch, Palo Alto, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2009 Jazz Heritage Center, Lush Life Gallery, “Jazz Ambassadors”, San Francisco, CA
2005 Hotel des Arts, San Francisco, CA
2005 43 South Molton Street, London, U.K.
2005 George Krevsky Gallery, “More Than a Game: The Art of Baseball”, San Francisco, CA
2005 The Old Mint, “Spectra Ball Art Exhibit”, San Francisco, CA
2005 Art Explosion Gallery, “MELT”, San Francisco, CA
2004 Art Explosion Studios, “Sneak Peak”, San Francisco, CA
1996 Gallery on the Rim, “Ylem: Artists Using Science & Technology”, San Francisco, CA
1995 San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation, “Art & Technology”, San Jose, CA
1995 Silicon Gallery, “Human Forms”, Philadelphia, PA
1995 The Williams Gallery, “Alternative Views”, Princeton, NJ
1994 Academy of Art College Gallery, “Digital Fine Art”, San Francisco, CA
1994 Kodak Juried Traveling Art Gallery, “Fractal Design”
1994 Galerie Tatou, “Portraits by Aritsts”, Beverly Hills, CA
1993 “Breaking Down Walls”, Ansel Adams Center, San Francisco, CA
1993 Jewish Museum, “About Face”, San Francisco, CA
1990 Syntex Gallery, “Self-Portraits”, Palo Alto, CA


2009 Painter 11 Creativity: Digital Artist’s Handbook, Focal Press
2007 Painter X Creativity: Digital Artist’s Handbook, Focal Press
2005 Painter IX Creativity: Digital Artist’s Handbook, Focal Press
2004 Painter 8 Creativity: Digital Artist’s Handbook, Focal Press
2003 Secrets of Award-Winning Digital Artist’s, Wiley
2003 Fractal Design Painter Creative Techniques, Hayden Press

Publications—Video & DVDs

2010 Post-Print Painting the Sutton Way, DVD, Sutton Studios & Gallery
2007 How to Paint from Photographs Using Corel Painter X, DVD, Sutton Studios & Gallery
2007 Learning Corel Painter X with Jeremy Sutton, DVD, Sutton Studios & Gallery
2007 The Art of Collage Portraiture, DVD, Sutton Studios & Gallery
2005 Painter IX Simplified for Photographers, DVD, PhotoVision
Digital Innovator Vol 4, Natural Media Painting, DVD, Wacom
2004 Painter Creativity for Wedding and Portrait Photographers, DVD, PhotoVision
2003 Fractal Design Painter 4.0 Training Video Series, VHS, MacAcademy
1998 Total Painter Video Training Series, VHS, Total Training