Tree of the Year

Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland was voted Tree of the Year this week by a public vote for the nations best loved tree, organised by The Woodland Trust.  The winning tree will now receive a grant of £1000 for some “Tree LC” and will compete against trees from all over the Continent for the … Read more

San Gimignano

Susan and I first visited San Gimignano in February 1999. We were staying in Florence for several days and having seen San Gimignano featured on a holiday programme, we decided to go there for the day. A local bus took us to nearby Poggibonsi then after a short wait, another bus to our destination, the medieval hilltop … Read more

Painting Grey Street

Grey Street in Newcastle has been described by the architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as the finest curved street in Europe. I never tire of sitting down to capture its fine sweeping curve and Georgian columns in all seasons. You can see a number of limited edition prints of Newcastle’s Grey Street including  Grey Street, Saturday Morning … Read more

Springtime

It’s springtime! As I’m writing this blog post the weather outside feels distinctly more like winter but that’s not untypical for April in the north east of England. Despite the weather, springtime is the theme for my exhibition currently on show at my gallery in Ponteland throughout the month of April. Because we can experience … Read more

Princes Street

I have a number of new watercolours being exhibited at the Gullane Gallery, East Lothian 12th March until 3rd April. One of the paintings going on show is this cityscape capturing Princes Street, Edinburgh on a winter’s afternoon. The scene is taken from Calton Hill which boasts commanding views over the city. Often it is … Read more

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

Commission a Portrait

On the 9th September 2015 a project was finally unveiled which I had been working on for two years. The artwork depicts a selection of portraits of people who are either past, present or future members of City Church Newcastle which Susan and I have been a part of since 1993. The portraits are hanging … Read more

Watercolour Course

My next Watercolour Course is being held at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland starting Friday 30th January-6th March. This new Watercolour Course lasts 6 weeks and I will be covering many different aspects of what has been described as the most difficult medium to master. However, even though watercolour painting is challenging, even an … Read more

30th Anniversary

Thank you to all our customers who came along and supported us at our Christmas Party weekend in November. We hope you enjoyed your complimentary goody bag to go with the paintings and Christmas Cards you purchased. Our 30th Anniversary Christmas Exhibition is currently on view at my Studio & Gallery in Ponteland until 24th … Read more