Creative course tutor Simon Beckmann studied Fine Art BA (Hons) at Manchester University and Fine Art MA at The Royal Academy Schools in London. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society (with IBG). Simon is a big proponent of watercolour although he is very proficient in all mediums. He calls himself an artist and an ecologist having a great passion for the natural world and how to live in it sustainably. Los Gázquez is his expression of these passions, a building beautiful in it’s design, self sufficient for energy and virtually carbon neutral.


Creative course tutor Donna Beckmann studied ‘Illustration’ at Bristol School of Art, specialising in ‘food and travel’. Now she creates graphic diagrams and grids in watercolour depicting foraged food, herbs and local recipes. She loves Spanish cuisine (here she is learning to make ‘migas’ with our neighbours), and indeed all food culture from the Mediterranean and India. She cooks with gusto and passion and with a single maxim, ‘quality food must be local, seasonal and with good provenance’.


Photography tutor Gonzaga Gómez-Cortázar Romero studied Audiovisual Communication BA at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao. He takes beautiful portraiture and landscapes mostly in his native Spain. Primarily he is a master of darkness and light and will always diligently tell his students how to make the best of their skills. Apart from being a photographer and filmmaker, he is also skilled in graphic design, having had a lot of experience in Photoshop and Illustrator. Gonzaga is fluent in Spanish, English and French.