Bamburgh Castle, Winter’s Walk

Commission A number of years ago I was commissioned by a major North East company. They wanted me to paint over a dozen large watercolours of Northumbrian Castles for their board rooms. One of the first ones I tackled was Bamburgh Castle which boasts commanding views over the surrounding landscape. Bamburgh Castle itself is steeped … Read more

Val d’Orcia, Toscana

Val d'Orcia

Umbria In the autumn of 2006 my wife and I travelled to Italy for me to do a special commission of a clients property in Umbria. After doing the preparation sketches, we then went on to Tuscany to a little town called San Quirico d’Orcia. It’s close to the towns of Pienza and Siena. As … Read more

Durham School v Rugby School

Durham School My latest limited edition print is this scene of Durham School v Rugby School playing in the final of a mini rugby tournament. The inaugural Veterrimi IV Rugby Tournament, hosted by Durham School, took place on Saturday 23 October. Despite the unrelenting rain, rugby fans turned out in their hundreds to be part of … Read more

Emerson Chambers, Newcastle upon Tyne

Art Nouveau Emerson Chambers in Newcastle is one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau architecture in the North East. It was designed by Benjamin Simpson in 1903. From the second floor and above, boasts commanding views of Grey’s Monument and Grey Street. Last year I decided to reproduce my original watercolour as a limited edition … Read more

Durham School v Rugby School

Durham School

Rugby Tournament Last year I was commissioned by the director of sport of Durham School, Ben Mason. He asked me to do a watercolour of a mini rugby tournament. The inaugural Veterrimi IV Rugby Tournament, hosted by Durham School, took place on Saturday 23 October. Despite the unrelenting rain, rugby fans turned out in their hundreds … Read more

OWN IT

OWN IT

CastleGate In June 2008 I organised a charity exhibition at the Castlegate. It’s the venue of City Church, Newcastle Melbourne Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.  The exhibition was to help raise money for three local charities, OWN IT, Open Door and Aquila Way. The exhibition, titled “Faith, Hope and Charity” was a great success. Earlier this year, … Read more

BBC

Show me the Monet You may recall a blog post earlier in the year where I wrote about being filmed for a BBC Series titled “Show me the Monet“. Well, the 10 episode series begins on Monday 9th May on BBC 2 weekdays 5:15-6:00pm. I have been told that I am appearing in the program … Read more

Casa Panfili

Umbrian Farm House In 2006 I was commissioned to do a watercolour of Casa Panfili. It’s a wonderful Umbrian farmhouse with spectacular views over the Niccone Valley. The owners, Al and Betty Stuart wanted a painting that captured something of the beauty of the valley.  They also wanted me to show how Casa Panfili is … Read more

Linhope Spout

Linhope Spout

Ingram Valley You may recall a post earlier this month about a commission I am working on to paint a scene in the Ingram Valley. On Saturday evening I decided to take advantage of the clear blue skies and return to capture the lower evening sunlight. The drive along the A697 was beautiful and once … Read more