Mont Blanc and Manganese Blue

On 29th January I was notified that my new watercolour titled Mont Blanc and Manganese Blue had been selected Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2016. It’s the second time one of my paintings has been chosen. In 2013 my painting “Jebel Akhdar, Oman” won the Artists Prize in the same competition. It’s very difficult … Read more

Christmas Exhibition

Christmas Exhibition at the Alan Reed Studio & Gallery in Ponteland Christmas Exhibition Preview Weekend 5th & 6th December Tuesday to Saturday 9:30am -5:00pm Continues until 24th December 2015 Earlier this year we had a family holiday in Chamonix, France with our daughter and grandchildren. We took two trips up the spectacular Aiguille du Midi … Read more

John Singer Sargent

One of the “must see” exhibitions of 2015 has to be the John Singer Sargent, Portraits of Artists and Friends show at the National Portrait Gallery, London. It is accompanied by a terrific new book by Richard Ormond who is the co-author (with Elaine Kilmurray) of the Complete Paintings  of his great-uncle, John Singer Sargent. In … Read more

Frank Henry Mason

I’ve been a long admirer of the Marine Painter and Poster Artist Frank Henry Mason. Over the years one of my clients has collected Frank Henry Mason’s work and I’ve had the privilage of organising new conservation mounts for the paintings to go into. In a blog post from 2012 I wrote about Frank Henry … Read more

Gullane Art Gallery

I’ve been invited back to exhibit at the Gullane Art Gallery in East Lothian, Scotland as part of their “Promise of Spring” exhibition. This will be the third time I’ve exhibited at this lovely art gallery not far from North Berwick. I remember as a child we had several family holidays in North Berwick and … Read more

Edinburgh in the Snow

This year, my 30th Anniversary since going self employed as a full time artist, I am holding a number of special exhibitions at various venues. The current exhibition opened on Friday night at the Bob Abley Gallery at Spennymoor Town Hall. The exhibition runs 7th – 28th February and features 30 paintings that represent many of … Read more

Artist of the Year 2014 Exhibition

  On Tuesday evening I attended the Preview evening for Artists & Illustrators Magazine‘s “artist of the year 2014” exhibition. I was delighted to be chosen as one of 50 shortlisted artists out of over 3000 entries with my entry “Last Light, Ruwi”, particularly as it came in my 30th anniversary year. You can read … Read more

The Art Tour

The Network Artists North East annual Art Tour begins this weekend. This ever popular event, now in its 19th year, gives you the opportunity to meet artists from around the North East who are opening up their studios for The Art Tour. This year I’ve decided to display many of my sketchbooks which contain numerous … Read more

Spring Exhibition

Florence is possibly my favourite Italian city. I’ve been fortunate to travel there several time since my first visit back in 1998 when I sat on one of its bridges under the warm autumnal sun and painted a watercolour of Ponte Vecchio in an Arches Watercolour Block. During my last visit there in 2011 I … Read more