Oil paintings and watercolours completed between 2016-2017. See also recent submissions.
Chesil (2017) Oil 50x50cm £675
We stayed at Moonfleet Manor, a friendly hotel on the banks of the Fleet, the lagoon enclosed from the sea by the Chesil Bank. The ever changing light of this serene view fascinated me, reminding me of Andreas Gursky's The Rhine .
Provost Court Garden (2016) oil 50x50cm £695
The rear garden of the block of flats where I live rises steeply towards a jumble of shrubs and trees along the rear fence. The grass bank isn't usually this green, but I was inspired by a Richard Diebenkorn painting called A Day At The Race 1953
Autumn leads to Spring (SOLD) oil 2016 £695
Selected by Celia Imrie for Discerning Eye 2016, this is two abstract 20x20cm canvas boards mounted on a 50x40cm sheet of aluminium lightly glazed with a sheen of oil paint.
Chalcot Sunset (2016) oil 20x30cm £395
My studio looks out over the back gardens towards one of the Chalcot blocks of flats. The sun sets spectacularly behind this tall block. Recent events at Grenfell Tower seem to give this quick sketch a new depth of meaning.
Inspired by one of the amazing trees on Hampstead Heath. Sketching it in its quiet glade was a meditative moment, hence the title. Do trees also suffer from Alzheimers?
Growing Together (2016) Watercolour 30x40cm framed £350
Exhibited at the Drawing London 'Art of Friendship' exhibition at the Street Gallery in UCLH in London
Baie de Somme (2017) Oil 80x30cm £675
The Bare de Somme is a vast open area, all sky and sea and, at low tide, sandbanks. The town of St Valery has a long riverside walk. All this is in contrast to the claustrophobic WW1 images that the word 'Somme' conjures up.
On a visit to Murano, I was enchanted by the old mosaic floor of the church of Santa Maria e San Donato. The images stayed in my mind for a long time and inspired this collage of watercolour designs.
Sonata (2016) Oil 60x40cm £750
There are wonderful lunchtime concerts performed by the amazing students at the Royal Academy of Music. This seeks to capture the impression left on my mind by one of these concerts.
Bodies (2017) Oil 40x30cm £675
A collection of shapes built up from life drawings collected over a couple of years of drawing with the Hesketh Hubbard society
Manshed (2017) Oil on aluminium 40x40cm £675
Layers of paint overlaid onto prepared aluminium, this pattern of abstract blocks has resolved itself into the bare interior of a shed with a window looking out onto dense greenery.
Most Recent Work (2017)
It has been a good year for exhibitions in London. I try to absorb these influences and avoid imitation.
Cotswold Reflections (oil) £675
Summer in the Cotswold Water Park. The setting sun reflected on the still water of Clearwater Lake.
M'dina (oil) £675
In the bright sun of the island of Malta the narrow streets of the old main town M'dina are deep in shadow. The ancient walls of the buildings carry the evidence of layers of changes and additions over the years.
Memories of Hayling Island (2017) Oil 85x70cm £975
Hayling Island - a holiday island with a long sandy beach connected to the mainland via a bridge across the mudflats of Chichester Harbour. I grew up here from the age of 10 until 15. The palimpsest is the bare canvas covered in my own thoughts and memories. The painting on top is of the mud flats and the bridge leading to Havant on the mainland.
Entered for the John Moores Prize 2018 but not accepted. Established in 1957, the internationally-renowned prize has championed contemporary British painting for 60 years.
Memories of Hayling Island (2017) Oil 85x70cm £975
Watercolour is my favourite medium when out and about in London (see London Scenes). Sometimes, I use watercolour in the studio to obtain the effects I want.
Dancing Over All of London (2017) Watercolour 30x40cm framed £495
This work is based on the poem 'Autumn Journal' by Louis MacNeice describing in some 50 pages his life in London in 1938. In particular, the following words resonated with me:
'Who has left her scent on my life and left my walls Dancing over and over with her shadow Whose hair is twined in all my waterfalls And all of London littered with remembered kisses"
Blue Green Yellow (2016) watercolour 21x37cm £675
Inspired by the Rachmaninov song 'Morning' (text by M L Yanov). The words describe the mist rising from the dewey grass as the sun rises "like a girl's tears drying as her lover appears".
Four Temperaments (Hindermith) (2012) watercolour and ink 30x40cm £450
The initial drawing was done whilst watching the Royal Ballet dance "Four Temperaments" to the music by Hindermith. The colour was added later to draw together the different shapes across the page.
Busy-Ness (2012) watercolour 60x40cm £475
Inspired by the bustle of the City of London and its long history. Traces of tall ship masts with shouts and noise of commerce rising above them.
Work completed between 2012 and 2015.
Broken Flags (2014) Oil 50x50cm £695
Nationhood seems to be breaking down. This 50x50cm painting shows a random selection of national flags with part of their design dissolving into the blue sky of the background
Flags (2015) watercolour 50x40cm framed £595
This was selected by the Sunday Times Watercolour competition in 2015 and exhibited around the country. There is no underlying message here - I just liked the juxtaposition of the colours of the flags and the upright flagpoles.
3x3 Raw Umber (2012) Oil, Canvas Board on Raw Canvas 65x65cm £685
I played mourned with various shades of raw umber on 20x20cm panels, then arranged them in a 3 by 3 panel pattern on a raw stretched canvas.
All the People of the World (2013) Oil 70x90cm £950
I constructed this work by first analysing the colours of all the flags of the world. I then apportioned them according to the amount of colour in the flag multiplied up by the countries population. Each dot represents around 20m people, and there are over 3000 dots. Red predominates!!
Breaking the Siege (2015) oil 30x40cm £675
During one of the terror attacks in Paris, one gunman was trapped inside a delicatessen. The police exploded a stun grenade as they stormed the building. The moment of the explosion was capture in a photo that was in all the papers. This painting captures the essence of that moment.
Heraclitus (2015) oil 30x80cm £650
It was the philosopher Heraclitus who said 'You can never step into the same river twice". This scene, incorporating old Tudor jetty works, Victorian warehouses, and modern office blocks seen in a view across the Thames in London exemplifies this.
Dancer (2015) Oil 30x40cm £475
This painting grew from an abstract piece that I had worked on for some time when I happened to see an old photograph of a dancer in this pose that fitted exactly into the abstract shapes on the canvas.
I can hear myself living (2014) Oil 80x60cm £975
This large (80x60cm) work is inspired by the book "Levels of Life" by Julian Barnes. It is a three part book, and in the first part, which is about falling in love, he describes the early history of ballooning. There is a quote from the first man to ascend in a hydrogen balloon, Dr J A C Charles "When I felt myself escaping from earth my reaction was not pleasure but happiness. I could hear myself living"
Commuting (2014) Oil 40x30cm
Selected by Nicola Green for Discerning Eye 2014. After lots of sketching on the London Underground, I put together this image to convey the sense of what it is like to commute on the crowded tube.
Pre 2012 Portfolio
Work completed before 2012.
Henry Cole's South Kensington Museum (2011) Ink 60x85cm framed £575
This is the main (Minton) staircase for the original part of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) designed by Henry Cole. His commemorative plaque is on the right. The staircase is brightly coloured and patterned with Minton tilework. I used ink and wash to convey to 'see' this in their mind's eye.
Florence (2011) Watercolour 30x40cm framed £375
Wonderful view of the skyline from our hotel on the south side of the Arno.
Imperium (2012) Watercolour 50x70cm framed £375
View of the Imperial War Museum designed to evoke a sense of fading imperial power.
After Patrick Heron (2011) iPad Drawing (nfs)
Patrick Heron is one of my main inspirations. This iPad drawing is based on one of his works.
No. 29 Bus (2010) Etching and Aquatint 40x30cm (nfs)
Taken from the reflection in the front windscreen of the bus as it passes St Martin in the Fields in Central London.
Bridges (2009) Oil 40x60cm £675
Exhibited in Bankside Gallery in 2010 as part of the celebration of the opening of the new Blackfriars station.
King Street Covent Garden (2010) 60x40cm framed £450
For the last 18 years, I have been drawing and painting scenes of London alongside my friends in the Drawing London Group. I greatly enjoy our monthly meetings, and hope to continue to do so for any more years!
Sudden Spring St James's Park (2005) watercolour 50x50cm framed SOLD
Looking back to old Hungerford bridge from the Thames Embanksment.
Hampstead Pond (2015) watercolour £525
Cabinet War Rooms St James's Park (2008) Watercolour 50x50cm framed SOLD
Spring time in St James's Park, sitting amongst the daffodils joggers and school children passing by. A nice day out with Drawing London Group
Natural History Museum (2011) watercolour £425
Admirals House (2010) watercolour 40x50cm mounted SOLD
In the centre of Hampstead, to the rear of Fenton House, is this wonderful house almost on its own down a small lane.
Belsize Village (2010) watercolour 40x50 framed COMMISSIONED
Following on from my exhibition in Burgh House in Hampstead, I was commissioned to do a painting by a couple of doctors who had got married there. They were living at the time in Belsize Village and wanted a view of this part of NW3 London.
Serpentine Pavilion (2011) watercolour £475
Changing of the Horse Guard (2012) watercolour 30x40cm framed £350
Another good day out with Drawing London Group. Everyone knows about the changing guard at Buckingham palace, not so many know about the changing horse guard at horse guards parade at the other end of St James's Park
Marylebone (2014) Oil on board 65x50cm £550
Most of my work around London is done in watercolour at the location. This however was based on an aerial photo of Marylebone, an area of London I know well.