Michael Chaplin was born in Little Barford Bedfordshire, in 1943, and attended primary school in nearby Sandy.

In the early 1950s, he moved with his parents and older sister to Harpenden in Hertfordshire. As a child, his love of art was already starting to develop. He attended St Albans Boys’ Grammar School, where he was a contemporary of Colin Blunstone and Chris White, who later formed the pop group The Zombies. Chaplin had been the guitarist in an earlier band alongside Colin Coke and Chris White, called The Markysparks, in reference to Markyate, Chris White’s hometown.

Michael is a hugely popular artist and teacher, known best for his appearances on the highly rated British television series, Watercolour Challenge. He has starred in a video of painting tips based on the series, and he has also written numerous articles teaching various watercolour techniques.

Michael’s compositions tell a story. Full of light, texture and mood, they embody everything developing artists struggle to create in their work. Here Michael reveals his simple, but highly effective techniques for capturing the soft light and vibrant hues that make watercolour come alive.

Michael studied at the Watford School of Art, followed by a post-graduate course in printmaking at Brighton College of Art. Formerly he worked as an art teacher but is now a full-time professional artist.

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Anon (n.d.). Michael Chaplin biography | Royal Watercolour Society. [Online]. Available from: https://www.royalwatercoloursociety.co.uk/artists/48-michael-chaplin/biography/. [Accessed: 27 May 2019].


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