Sunday, 17 September 2017

"Receding Tide"

                        A new painting referenced from previous sketches and photographs.

                                        "Receding Tide" - Acrylic on canvas 24"x 24"

Friday, 15 September 2017


                            The olive groves that I sketched and photographed on my recent
                             trip to Crete are a great inspiration to produce paintings of various
                            This painting in acrylic is a 36"x36" box canvas and the larger size
                            emphasises the bright, vibrant colours of the region.  

"Olive trees at Piskopiano"- Acrylic on canvas 36"x36"


Friday, 8 September 2017


                           Cruising the coastline of East Devon I was amazed by the deep red cliffs
                           formed during the Triassic period over 250 million years ago. The cliff faces
                           are eroding rapidly but the more remote areas are home to hundreds of cormorants
                           and kittiwakes.
                           This painting is in response to that area and the ever changing landscape.   

                                         "Triassic" - Acrylic on canvas   20" x 20"

Friday, 1 September 2017

"Landscapes of the Mind" - the book!




                       These are some images of my recently produced, self - published book.
                       As with my solo exhibition earlier this year I've taken the title
                       "Landscapes of the Mind "as the paintings are quite often more "about"
                       a place rather than a representation "of" a scene.

                       This collection of paintings and photographs are from a body of
                       work formed from recent visits to Greece, Spain, France and
                       various locations throughout the U.K.
 Here are a small selection of pages from the book.  

Monday, 28 August 2017

East Devon and the Jurassic coastline

                    Another visit to the East Devon area of England taking in the coastal towns of
                   Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton  and the River Exe estuary up to Topsham.

"Otter River Estuary"- Acrylic on canvas-  20"x20"
Low tide on the Exe estuary
"Sea stacks" on the Jurassic coast
Cormorants nesting on the clifftops

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Hot sun at Koutouloufari

                      With the temperature reaching thirty degrees in the middle of the day on my recent
                       trip to Crete the landscape came alive with vivid colours. This is a painting from
                      images I made walking from the village of Koutouloufari to the old town of     
                      Hersonnissos .

"Hot sun at Koutouloufari"- Acrylic on paper 10"x 10"

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

3 New paintings

                         I've produced three new paintings from the recent trips to Greece and

"View from Piskopiano Crete" - Acrylic on canvas 8"x8"
"Koutouloufari Palm" - Acrylic on canvas 8"x8"
"Brittany shoreline"- Acrylic on canvas 8"x8"

Friday, 28 July 2017

Top of the Lake

                In the absence of the life drawing sessions during the summer break, myself and a few other class members have got together to paint/draw/chat about art and whatever!
               This time we met at this lakeside to attempt to capture in totally different styles the tree canopies and still qualities of this unique setting.
                                                     Jonny and Magda at work
Magda working with watercolour
Despite the mixed weather we were able to spend a couple of hours before
the rains came.
Dave painting with acrylics
Dave's "makeshift studio" as the rain started
Brian working with charcoal
Early evening sunlight through the tree canopy
Jonny decides to multi-task by eating a sandwich whilst carrying on painting!
"Steps to the Lake"- 10"x10" mixed media on paper

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Olive grove Crete

                         A new painting from my time on Crete of an olive grove in the hot sun.


                                   Olive grove at Koutouloufari - Acrylic on canvas 20"x 20"

Thursday, 6 July 2017

44 AD Gallery

                       An opportunity to exhibit my work at the 44AD gallery in Bath ,England.
                      As an associate member of the gallery this is a chance to present my paintings
                      and talk about my working methods to a group of fellow associates and resident
                      studio artists who are able to provide feedback. Along with fellow associate Jo
                     Barber we were able to display two contrasting styles of work.
                     Thanks to Katie O'Brien for her help as always.

I was able to display some small sketchbooks
and a selection of life drawings.



Monday, 3 July 2017

Artist statement audio recording

A recent interview regarding my work for an arts trail gives a brief description of my working methods.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Mount Pyrgias

                        Koutouloufari in Northern Crete is a village of approximately 600 residents, it is situated at the foot of Mount Pyrgias. I drew and photographed this impressive landmark many times and here are two works based on those images.


                                     Mt. Pyrgias with palm - Mixed media on paper  10"x10"

Mt. Pyrgias with agave - Mixed media on paper  10" x 10"

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Greek village street photography

                        Some images of the street life in the Greek villages of Northern Crete.