John Singer Sargent

In May 2007 I spent several days painting in Venice and was fortunate enough to take in a superb exhibition of paintings of Venice by one of my favourite artists John Singer Sargent held at the Museo Correr in St Mark’s Square. John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) is said to be the most important of American … Read more

The Circus, Bath

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I’ve recently been asked to do a painting of the Circus in Bath. I remember looking at the scene in the summer last year, however it was difficult to get a view of the remarkable architecture because of the central trees in full leaf. I knew I would have to return in the spring before … Read more

Daily Grind

I pass this tiny van selling fresh coffee on Queen Victoria Road every time I go to see my chiropractor Dr Hester Potts near St James Park for my monthly spinal check. The play on words “Daily Grind” is great and there’s usually a few folk standing in line waiting for a freshly ground coffee. … Read more

Breamish Valley

I have recently received a commission to do a watercolour painting depicting the Breamish Valley near Ingram. On Sunday I decided to do an initial research trip after church to remind myself of the location and general geography. I had driven through it a couple of years ago when I climbed Hedgehope, the second highest … Read more

Frank Henry Mason

One of my clients is a great fan and collector of paintings by Frank Henry Mason (1876-1965). Over the last few years he’s asked me to put new mounts on the pieces he’s purchased and I have to say they totally transform the look of Mr Mason’s paintings. His breathtaking watercolours of maritime scenes, gouache … Read more

Venetian Light Watercolour

Venetian Light watercolour A few days ago I was watching the film “The Tourist” starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie on an plane travelling back from one of my overseas work trips. Most of the film was set in Venice which made it very watchable and it triggered off many memories of our visits to … Read more

Norcia, Umbria

Umbria is one of my favourite regions in Italy. It has some great wines, particularly Montefalco Sagrantino and of course, fantastic food. The first time we visited in 2002 we stayed at the Relais il Canalicchio, a beautiful old hotel that boasted commanding views over the tranquil countryside. I did a number of sketchbook studies … Read more