A painting of a fishing boat in Portsmouth by the sea

14 Nov 1 Comment

I painted this fishing boat one Sunday morning (6th Nov 2016) in Eastney, Portsmouth. It is the view from Ferry Road to Lock Lake where many of the local fishing boats are pulled up beyond the tide line for safety and repairs. Over the years, many are now used for (read more…)

A painting trip to Malta – Valletta. Part 1

25 May 4 Comments

I had never been to Malta before though it was always on my list for visits. I say this, as in a strange way, this diminutive island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, had a more than significant influence in my upbringing. Firstly, my dad was in the Royal (read more…)

A painting trip to Malta – Marsascala & Mdina Part 2

25 Apr No Comments

This painting of Mdina, Malta is available to buy here. Mdina has been inhabited in one form or another for well over 4,000 years. So it not an exaggeration to say that in more recent years the Apostle Paul was said to have lived after being shipwrecked here around 60 (read more…)

Paintings of St Ives and West Cornwall

12 Aug 2 Comments

See this image larger This painting is available as a limited edition print here. I recently took a trip over to West Cornwall using St Ives as my base. It was a very busy trip, and I managed to do a fair bit of work all over the western part (read more…)

Painting fish for ‘Pets at Home’ Magazine

23 Apr 13 Comments

Sometimes I am commissioned to illustrate something that I know absolutely nothing about. That said, however, you have to learn very fast when it comes to specialist subjects because the client is quick to point out all your howling errors. I was asked to illustrate three groups of fish in in three (read more…)

A painting trip to Northumberland

25 Jan 2 Comments

A while back, I took a visit up to Northumberland for a few days painting. We booked a small cottage in the quiet and isolated fishing village of Craster, which is the home of the kipper, so the locals told me. To plan my painting trip, I decided to set (read more…)

An oil painting commission of Dymchurch, Kent

24 Nov 2 Comments

You can buy a limited edition print of this painting here  I pulled into the near empty sea front car park in Dymchurch at about 9am. It wasn’t the best of weather to say the least. The sea was in a foaming, booming rage. I peered through my flapping wipers (read more…)

A painting trip to St Ives in Cornwall

5 Oct 3 Comments

This Summer I treated myself to a quick trip to St Ives in Cornwall on the very tip of South West England. About St Ives St Ives has been there since at least the 5th Century and was named after an Irish saint. For the most part it has plied (read more…)

A drawing to give away of a sunbather on St Ives beach

5 Oct 5 Comments

Sign up to my newsletter and you can enter the free draw to win this preparatory pencil study.   A drawing to give away of a sunbather on St Ives beach I have been working down in Cornwall on a few paintings of the local seaside towns and villages. Among (read more…)

A visit to The Exmoor National Park and a quick drawing too

11 Jun No Comments

I paid a quick visit to Porlock Weir on the North Coast of Exmoor National Park. This is a very tiny fishing village tucked beneath the high hills and bluffs of the National Park, accessed by a single and often precipitous road. As you enter the village there is a short terrace (read more…)

Threadneedle disaster at Southend-on-Sea and Clacton-on-Sea

18 Mar 2 Comments

At the weekend I went to Southend-on-Sea and Clacton-on-Sea to paint something for the Threadneedle Prize. I was most excited and planned it for weeks. This over planning was the beginning of the as yet unseen problem. In my ferment I had it all done it in my head first (read more…)

An oil painting in sutton-on-sea

30 Aug 4 Comments

I have recently been commissioned to paint a scene in Sutton-On-Sea. The client’s mother used to own a house in the town though she is now too elderly to visit so he thought a painting which would recall many a happy holiday would make a nice present for her. I (read more…)

Painting in Robin Hoods bay and North Yorkshire

15 Aug No Comments

We had one of those notorious “staycations”. Camping in Yorkshire. The campsite was in Glaisdale, this being a tiny village in the nook of the North Yorkshire moors. I say campsite. Really it was just a small patchwork of fields huddled around a few stone built farm buildings. It is (read more…)