Flower Gardening for Beginners blog

Illustrations for the book Flower Gardening for Beginners

17 Sep No Comments

Earlier this year I was asked to illustrate a book on flower gardening. I rather enjoy painting flowers as there are so many varieties. With this kind of work comes different challenges around colour, tone and structure. The one thing they all have in common however is delicacy. It’s a (read more…)

London Walk video

A video of a London walk to The Royal Academy of Arts

11 May 5 Comments

I often visit London often and to get across the city, in general, I would use the tube, although since the pandemic, I have been more inclined to walk. And really, if you have the time, it’s a far better way to travel, especially in an ancient city like London. (read more…)

Growing mushrooms for beginners front cover

Illustrating Growing Mushrooms for Beginners

16 Feb 2 Comments

I often get asked to paint book and magazine covers, but rarely whole books. When books do come along its difficult to guess what they might be, so I was much intrigued when asked to illustrate a book on cultivating mushrooms. My knowledge of mushrooms I have to say that (read more…)

Painting of a mock Tudor house

Painting a house portrait in Warrington, Cheshire

16 Feb No Comments

Occasionally I get asked to paint client homes, and last year I was pleased to be asked to paint a family home in Warrington, Cheshire. This property is about 200 miles from my home in Somerset but, as I also had jobs booked in Liverpool and Salford at the same (read more…)

water front Painting Greenwich C

A painting of the Greenwich Waterfront circa 1930

30 Nov No Comments

You can buy a limited edition print of the painting here   I love a bit of history, so I was thrilled to be asked to paint the Greenwich waterfront. Interestingly, my client did not want a contemporary view but how the area looked circa 1930. I had a small (read more…)

Corfe Castle Dorset

Painting Corfe village and Castle in Dorset

15 Jul No Comments

In May, the lockdown eased a wee bit and I seized the first opportunity I could to get out and do a spot of painting. I wanted something within easy distance of Pilton where I live so I pulled out a map and studied my options. You can buy this (read more…)

Painting post cards around Pilton in Somerset

Painting postcards around Pilton in Somerset

12 Mar 9 Comments

When the first lockdown hit, obviously I could not get out and about like I used to, so I had to come up with a solution that included a bit of exercise that might prevent me turning into a bit of an old hermit. My solution was to take up (read more…)

Padstow painting in cornwall

A painting of Padstow in Cornwall

12 Mar 4 Comments

You can buy a limited edition print of the Padstow painting here I really enjoy marine painting, you get to see many aspects of life, landscape and seascape. With the town of Padstow, in Cornwall, you are treated to a cornucopia of each. My main aim for the painting trip (read more…)

Leadenhall Market painting

A painting of Leadenhall Market in The City of London

21 Jan 2 Comments

Last year a client contacted me to paint an anniversary present for his husband who he married in 2019. The wedding reception was at The Lamb Tavern in London’s covered Leadenhall Market and he wanted an interior scene of the market showing the pub exterior with him, his husband and their (read more…)

An allotment painting in Fonthill Bishop

Allotment painting in Fonthill Bishop

21 Jan No Comments

I was asked to paint a small allotment in the village of Fonthill Bishop. This modest village is about nine miles from the Wiltshire town of Warminster. It may go unnoticed but for the Fonthill Park Estate. Fonthill Park Estate In one form or another, the Fonthill Park Estate goes back (read more…)

Woodbridge Prep School Map combined

Illustrated Aerial Views Woodbridge School in Suffolk

21 Dec No Comments

“There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” To me, this quote is the quote of 2020, we are living through a pandemic so businesses must quickly learn to adapt to the challenges of the ‘new normal’. In normal circumstances a school would hold open days (read more…)

Painting trip Dittisham for site

A painting trip and video in Dittisham in South Devon

24 Nov 2 Comments

Dittisham (locally pronounced Dit’sum) is in South Devon and near the mouth of the River Dart it is a fine ancient fishing port and real treat for painter and tourist alike. I have visited here previously when I lived in London. Then it was about 250 miles, which included the (read more…)

A painting of Pilton Somerset

A painting of a house in Pilton Somerset

27 Jul No Comments

I get asked to work all over the country but, for this commission, I did not have to go far as it was in the village of Pilton, Somerset where I live. See the final painting here The property looks as though it began as a modest farmhouse that over (read more…)

Painting of Port Isaac Cornwall

A painting of Port Isaac in North Cornwall

26 Feb No Comments

A client packed me off to Port Isaac in North Cornwall to paint the view across the harbour from Rosearrock Hill. I love Port Isaac so I was looking forward to it, marking out a day or two to get down there and complete the job. I would also paint (read more…)

Painting of Highworth High Street

A painting of Highworth High Street, Wiltshire

28 Jan No Comments

I have learnt that everywhere, no matter how small or prepossessing, has something unique about it. So, on investigation, I have discovered that Highworth is the highest town in the county of Wiltshire! I really enjoyed this commission and was keen to do a blog on the town. OK, it’s (read more…)

A painting of Mousehole Cornwall

A painting of Mousehole in Cornwall

18 Dec 1 Comment

Mousehole is a small fishing village on the south coast of Cornwall which the Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, described as “the loveliest village in England”. He must have thought so as he spent his honeymoon in Mousehole. At a pub. So no surprises there. You can buy a limited edition (read more…)

Chipping Campden St James Church Painting

A Painting of Chipping Campden in The Cotswolds

12 Nov 2 Comments

During the summer I got a commission to go and paint a scene in Chipping Campden in The Cotswolds. I used to visit Chipping Campden regularly about ten years ago as I exhibited in the village of Broadway just up the road. I was looking forward to stopping by again (read more…)

A painting of Worcester Cathedral

A painting of Worcester Cathedral

3 Sep No Comments

You can buy a limited edition print of the painting here On this sunny morning I had set up my portable easel on the banks of the river Severn in Worcester. Behind me was the Worcestershire Cricket ground, where I could hear the popping of the cricket balls as the players practiced (read more…)

Painting of the Carpenters Arms London

A painting of The Carpenters Arms Pub in Fitzrovia, London

16 Jul No Comments

In March I was asked to paint a picture for a 50th birthday party. The subject of the painting was venue for the party, namely The Carpenters Arms pub in Fitzrovia, London. I was exhibiting at The Mall Galleries so I had an opportunity to get the initial visual just (read more…)

Sipsmith Gin Illustration

Illustrations for A Sipsmith Gin Summer Campaign

16 Jul 1 Comment

The Sipsmith Gin company contacted me during the last days of winter to work on a summer campaign for their new Gin & Tonic in a can. The Sipsmith Gin & Tonic concept The initial idea was to create a scene which encompassed a number outdoor activities we may undertake (read more…)